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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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177 Comments (1–25)

AdamBax80
AdamBax80 a month ago

Great colours!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 4 months ago

Thank you Rolando!

RolandoMarínMonge
RolandoMarínMonge 4 months ago

beautiful!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 6 months ago

Thanks for your comment picklepickleyum!

picklepickleyum
picklepickleyum 8 months ago

ooh so pretty!

HazelMarley
HazelMarley 8 months ago

No problem, Daniele.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 11 months ago

Thank you pauli1! Yes it does :-)

pauli1
pauli1 11 months ago

It is beautiful, it looks like a rainbow

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 11 months ago

Thank you Hazel!

HazelMarley
HazelMarley 11 months ago

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

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 11 months ago

Thank you bg11a24 and bg11a9!

bg11a9
bg11a9 11 months ago

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

bg11a24
bg11a24 11 months ago

Nice picture, great job!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong a year ago

Thanks TaiRobinson!

TaiRobinson
TaiRobinson a year ago

Beautiful colors! (:

DanielePralong
DanielePralong a year ago

Thanks vivianpoma!

vivianpoma
vivianpoma a year ago

lovely series! absolutely beautiful

DanielePralong
DanielePralong a year ago

Thank you Manuljie Hikkaduwa!

WOW!! This is a great shot!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong a year ago

Thanks Subin and rams4d!

rams4d
rams4d a year ago

Grat shot !!

Subin S
Subin S a year ago

Colourful!!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong a year ago

Thanks you AlfiKustianto!

AlfiKustianto
AlfiKustianto a year ago

adorable! good job daniele :)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong a year ago

Thank you fini1!

Narok, Kenya

Lat: -1.58, Long: 35.18

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

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