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Lilac-breasted Roller

Coracias caudatus

Description:

Of all the rollers the lilac-breasted roller has the most varied plumage. This spotting shows pics of two individuals for a good look around all the bird’s feathers. The bird has a large washed green head, strong beak, brown back and scapular, and violet shoulder of the wing, outer webs of flight feathers and rump. The bases of the primaries and their coverts are pale greenish blue and the outer tail feathers are elongated and blackish. The chin is whitish, shading to lilac at the throat and breast. The underparts are greenish blue. Almost a complete rainbow.

Habitat:

Open woodland and savanna. Loves to perch, which makes the bird easy to spot. Widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula; common. The individual on the first shot was spotted in the Masai Mara. The individual in shots 2-6 was spotted in the Siana conservancy, just outside the Masai Mara.

Notes:

The lilac-breasted roller is the southern counterpart of the Abyssinian roller, with lilac breast and throat and shorter streamers. The Abyssinian roller can be seen at: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/631...

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182 Comments (1–25)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong a year ago

Thanks jeslowery and all!

jeslowery
jeslowery a year ago

pretty!

yunseong1
yunseong1 a year ago

Amazing picture Daniele Pralong.

AdamBax80
AdamBax80 a year ago

Great colours!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 2 years ago

Thank you Rolando!

RolandoMarínMonge
RolandoMarínMonge 2 years ago

beautiful!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 2 years ago

Thanks for your comment picklepickleyum!

picklepickleyum
picklepickleyum 2 years ago

ooh so pretty!

HazelMarley
HazelMarley 2 years ago

No problem, Daniele.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 2 years ago

Thank you pauli1! Yes it does :-)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 2 years ago

Thank you Hazel!

HazelMarley
HazelMarley 2 years ago

Beautiful bird! I bet you took time to get this wonderful picture.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 2 years ago

Thank you bg11a24 and bg11a9!

bg11a9
bg11a9 2 years ago

Congratulations on the amazing picture! Wonderful colors and the definition is great!

bg11a24
bg11a24 2 years ago

Nice picture, great job!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 2 years ago

Thanks TaiRobinson!

TaiRobinson
TaiRobinson 2 years ago

Beautiful colors! (:

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 years ago

Thanks vivianpoma!

vivianpoma
vivianpoma 3 years ago

lovely series! absolutely beautiful

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 years ago

Thank you Manuljie Hikkaduwa!

Manuljie Hikkaduwa
Manuljie Hikkaduwa 3 years ago

WOW!! This is a great shot!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 years ago

Thanks Subin and rams4d!

rams4d
rams4d 3 years ago

Grat shot !!

Subin S
Subin S 3 years ago

Colourful!!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 years ago

Thanks you AlfiKustianto!

Narok, Kenya

Lat: -1.58, Long: 35.18

Spotted on Aug 29, 2011
Submitted on Sep 9, 2011

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