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Purple Roller

Purple Roller

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Scientific Name:

Coracias naevius


Sub-Saharan Africa, Angola, Namibia E to Zambia, S Mozambique and NE South Africa.


Mainly insectivore. Large insects and small vertebrates (grasshoppers, mantises, beetles, ants, scorpions, lizards, snakes, rodents, young birds.


Habitat:  Open savanna woodland, farmland, rocky and shrubby hillsides.
Incubation: 22-24 days / 2-4 eggs
Social structure: Pairs or small flocks
Weight: 125-200g
Dimensions: 35-40cm  

Lifespan:  8-10
Estimated population in the wild: Widespread and locally frequent, even abundant.

Threats: Habitat destruction.
IUCN Status: Least Concern
Did you know that:

  1. They spend long periods perched at the top of thorn trees or poles, watching for food items on the ground.
  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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