Lilac Breasted Roller.

Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus).

The average size of the Lilac Breasted Roller is 14.5 inches. The washed green head is large, the neck is short, the greenish yellow legs are rather short and the feet are small. The beak is strong, arched and hooked-tipped. The tail is narrow and of medium length. The back and scapulars are brown. (Damn this sounds like a lot of people I know)….

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The Lilac Breasted Roller feeds on grasshoppers, beetles, occasionally lizards, crabs, and small amphibians. They take prey from the ground.

To feed they swoop down from an elevated perch next to their prey and eat it on the ground or return to a perch where they batter it before swallowing it whole. (Missed the battering in these two photos)



Rollers get their name from their impressive courtship flight, a fast, shallow dive from considerable elevation with a rolling or fast rocking motion, accompanied by loud raucous calls. Click on link to hear a sound recording..    click on arrow below bird on web site.

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66 thoughts on “Lilac Breasted Roller.

  1. Pingback: The Lilac-breasted Roller.. a painted bird. | The Photographic Journey of bulldog.

  2. Gorgeous shots and what a colorful bird. Wish we had some here. The grasshoppers are eating my new plants. I’d invite these birds over to my house. Seriously, what a magnificent job you did capturing the color and features of this bird. Nice!

    • Thank you… maybe it’s time to buy a slightly better camera… doesn’t have to be an up market camera, I have a fujifilm HS 10 not that expensive… and you too can capture shots like this…

    • Thanks Robyn… it is a beauty.. one of those that one has to capture on camera when in the lowveld game reserves… he is also quite co-operative as if he is showing of that beauty… hope all’s well with you … haven’t seen many posts from you and that worries me.. Hugs…

      • really unusually beautiful bd… never saw anything like it. I’m hanging in.. just did an experiment with new med – that was a bust… having some additional issues…hoping will pass soon… also super crazy here with kids home for holidays and 30+ guests for Thanksgiving feast 🙂 Will try to post soon though ~ thank you for always being so caring my dear friend! Love to you and Linda! x

  3. Bellissimo questo uccello, è tutto colorato. Foto fantastiche. Io ho avuto la fortuna di vederne una della stessa famiglia nelle campagne dove abito, ma i colori non sono così belli.
    Ciao, buona giornata

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