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 5 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
14 to 14.5 inches
3.6 ounces


International Names

Czech (Cesky) mandelík fialovoprsý
Danish (Dansk) Lillabrystet Ellekrage
Dutch (Nederlands) Vorkstaartscharrelaar
Finnish (Suomi) savannisininärhi
French (Français) Rollier à longs brins
German (Deutsch) Gabelracke
Italian (Italiano) Ghiandaia marina pettolilla
Japanese (日本語) ライラックニシブッポウソウ (rairakkunishibuppousou)
Norwegian (Norsk) Savanneråke
Polish (Polski) kraska liliowopiersna
Russian (русский язык) Вилохвостая сизоворонка
Spanish (Español) Carraca Lila
Swedish (Svenska) Lilabröstad blåkråka
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