European Roller

About the European Roller

Also known as: Blue Roller, Common Roller, Eurasian Roller, Roller

The European Roller is one of twelve species of roller found in the world. European Rollers live in southern parts of Europe and parts of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Like other roller species, the European is colorful, with a beautiful shades of blue and green on the body, and an orange-brown back.

European Rollers feed on insects, rodents, and reptiles that it hunts on the ground.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 11 December 2011
Scientific Name
Coracias garrulus
  • Coraciiformes
  • Coraciidae
  • Coracias
  • C. garrulus
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
11.4 to 12.6 inches
20.4 to 22.8 inches
4.5 to 5.4 ounces


International Names

Czech (Cesky) mandelík hajní
Danish (Dansk) Ellekrage
Dutch (Nederlands) Scharrelaar
Finnish (Suomi) sininärhi
French (Français) Rollier d'Europe
German (Deutsch) Blauracke
Italian (Italiano) Ghiandaia marina europea
Japanese (日本語) ニシブッポウソウ (nishibuppousou)
Norwegian (Norsk) Blåråke
Polish (Polski) kraska
Russian (русский язык) Обыкновенная сизоворонка
Spanish (Español) Carraca Europea
Swedish (Svenska) Blåkråka
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