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Lilac-breasted Roller

Lilac-breasted Roller

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Scientific Name:

Coracias caudata


SE Africa, from Ethiopia to Angola down to S. Africa


Mainly insectivore. Arthropods and small vertebrates (grasshoppers, crickets, beetles, butterflies, moths, caterpillars, ants, scorpions, centipedes, spiders, snails, frogs, lizards, small birds).


Habitat:  Acacia woodland, grassland, cultivated land.

Incubation: 22-24 days / 2-4 eggs

Social structure: Alone or in pairs.

Weight: 87-135g

Dimensions: 28-30cm


Lifespan:  13 under human care

Estimated population in the wild: Common or frequent


Threats: There are no major threats to this species

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Did you know that:

  1. They are frequently seen close to bush fires, foraging fleeing insects.
  2. Rollers get their name from their flight display, where the females and males chase each other, “rolling” through the sky.

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