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Byzzverr

Albums 2
Favs 7
Comments 2
Location South Africa
Occupation Graphics Designer

About Me

Hi, I have always had a fondness for birds it would be great to meet other people who share my interests and learn more about you and your bird.

Personal Info

Camera Canon 20D
Canon Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto EF 28-135mm
Books: Birds of Southern Africa (Princeton Field Guides) (Paperback)
by Ian Sinclair (Author), Phil Hockey (Author), Warwick Tarboton (Author), Peter Hayman (Illustrator), Norman Arlott (Illustrator)
Activities: I love camping, Hiking, Trekking, anything that involves being around nature...
Interests: I love animals in general! Birds are one of my favorite because they are so beautiful and colorful, they are so intricate.
Fav Quote: You are unique! Just like everyone else!

Lilac Breasted Roller

Lilac Breasted Roller

Photograph Description

Latin name:

Coracias caudata.


Breeding:

They make unlined nests in natural tree holes or in termite hills. Sometimes they take over woodpecker's or kingfisher's nest holes. They lay 2-4 white eggs, which are incubated by both sexes for 22-24 days. At 19 days the chicks are fully feathered and grayish brown.
Behaviour

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.

All rollers appear to be monogamous and highly territorial. The Lilac Breasted Roller will perch on a dead tree, surveying the area for prey. One typical aspect of its behavior is that it also preys on animals fleeing from bush fires. It is a swift flier, indulging in acrobatics during the breeding season. They actually breed 'on the wing'. They live in pairs or small groups, but are often seen alone.

Their call is a loud harsh squawk, 'zaaak'. They are partly migratory, but in some areas they are sedentary. 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. They are territorial, also defending temporarily small feeding territories; hence individuals are regularly spaced along roads. They drive off many species from near their nest hole, even after breeding.

Habitat:

Grasslands, open woods and regions where palm trees grow singly.

Where they are found:

The species ranges more or less continuously throughout eastern and southern Africa from the Red Sea coasts of Ethiopia and northwest Somalia to the Angola coast and northern South Africa. Lilac Breasted Rollers inhabit acacia country with well spaced trees, rolling bushy game lands, riverside areas and cultivated land, but they do not associate with human habitation.

 

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Comments

don gato pic

Cool species!
Now we have 2 Rollers from different parts of the world in this group!
Cheers!

Alex Don Gato

posted by don gato

ernesto pic

Good shot, nice colors, very good description of this interesting bird.
It seems to be similar to our European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster).
Ciao.

posted by ernesto

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