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Lilac-breasted Roller

Lilian's Lovebird
Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture

About the Lilac-breasted Roller

Lilac-breasted Rollers are one of twelve species of roller found in the world. Lilac-breasted Rollers live across sub-Saharan Africa and into southern parts of the Arabian Penninsula.

Like other roller species, the Lilac-breasted Roller is colorful, with a beautiful lilac breast highlighted by shades of blue, green, brown, tan and cream in the rest of its plumage.

Lilac-breasted Rollers feed on insects, small crabs and small reptiles; they hunt prey on the ground.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 11 December 2011
Scientific Name Coracias caudatus
  • Coraciiformes
  • Coraciidae
  • Coracias
  • C. caudatus
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 27 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
14 to 14.5 inches
3.6 ounces
Range West Asia West Africa Central Africa East Africa South Africa

International Names

  • mandelík fialovoprsý (Czech)
  • Lillabrystet Ellekrage (Danish)
  • Vorkstaartscharrelaar (Dutch)
  • savannisininärhi (Finnish)
  • Rollier à longs brins (French)
  • Gabelracke (German)
  • Ghiandaia marina pettolilla (Italian)
  • ライラックニシブッポウソウ (rairakkunishibuppousou) (Japanese)
  • Savanneråke (Norwegian)
  • kraska liliowopiersna (Polish)
  • Вилохвостая сизоворонка (Russian)
  • Carraca Lila (Spanish)
  • Lilabröstad blåkråka (Swedish)

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