Lilac-breasted Roller

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 11 December 2011
Scientific Name
Coracias caudatus
  • Coraciiformes
  • Coraciidae
  • Coracias
  • C. caudatus
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 27 September 2018)
LC
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Measurements
Units: Imperial / Metric
14 to 14.5 inches
3.6 ounces

Range

International Names

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