Cunene Birds: Lilac-breasted Roller

Lilac-breasted Roller – Coracias caudatus

Lilac-breasted Roller

It is the only roller with a lilac breast and throat, thus the name. They have long, straight outer tail streamers that are absent during their moult season.

Status: The Lilac-breasted Roller is locally common.

Food: These Rollers are insectivorous but will also hunt for small snakes, frogs, birds and even rodents.

Call: Not vocal at all but will call in flight during breeding season.

Breeding: They are monogamous and very territorial. They make nest in tree cavities and will breed in nest boxes if provided.

Source: Roberts Bird Guide, 2007

Photo: Copyright emdt.photography

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