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Blue-bellied Roller

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About the Blue-bellied Roller

Blue-bellied Rollers are one of twelve species of roller found in the world. Blue-bellied Rollers live in western and central Africa, in a range that spans from Senegal to the Congo.

Like other roller species, the Blue-bellied Roller is colorful, with a dark brown-green back, cream-colored head, blue underparts and a bright blue tail.

Blue-bellied Rollers feed on small invertebrates, reptiles, and insects.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 11 December 2011
Scientific Name Coracias cyanogaster
  • Coraciiformes
  • Coraciidae
  • Coracias
  • C. cyanogaster
Birdorable Family Kingfishers & Friends
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
15 inches
3.9 to 6.7 ounces
Range North Africa West Africa Central Africa

International Names

  • mandelík modrobřichý (Czech)
  • Hvidhovedet Ellekrage (Danish)
  • Blauwbuikscharrelaar (Dutch)
  • vaaleasininärhi (Finnish)
  • Rollier à ventre bleu (French)
  • Opalracke (German)
  • Ghiandaia marina ventreblu (Italian)
  • アオハラニシブッポウソウ (aoharanishibuppousou) (Japanese)
  • Hvithoderåke (Norwegian)
  • kraska plowoglowa (Polish)
  • Синебрюхая сизоворонка (Russian)
  • Carraca Blanquiazul (Spanish)
  • Gräddhuvad blåkråka (Swedish)

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