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Blue-bellied Roller

Blue-bellied Roller

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Scientific Name:

Coracias cyanogaster


W and C Africa, from Senegal eastward to S Sudan


Mainly insectivore. Large invertebrates (mantises, grasshoppers, beetles, termites, ants, wasps, millipedes, earthworms), small vertebrates (skinks, small snakes), occasionally nuts of oil palm.


Habitat:  Wooded savanna, cultivations, forest edges.

Incubation: 18 days / 4 eggs

Social structure: Pairs or polygamous groups of 3-7 birds, rarely up to 20.

Weight: male 178g max, female 150g max

Dimensions: 28-30cm  


Lifespan:  15 under human care

Estimated population in the wild: Common


Threats: Habitat destruction.

Did you know that:

  1. Rollers get their name from their flight display, where the females and males chase each other, “rolling” through the sky.
  2. Ιn agricultural areas they play a key role in pest control for farmers by eating insects which may otherwise feed on crops.

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