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Purple roller

Coracias naevius


The purple roller is the largest of the rollers, growing to a length of 35 to 40 cm (14 to 16 in). From a distance it appears a dull brownish bird with a white stripe over the eye, a patch of white on the nape and a dark tail. The northern population tend to have a rufus crown. The underparts are purplish-pink streaked with white. The wings are long and rounded while the tail is square-cut.


Shrubland just before the new growth was seen on the trees.

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Limpopo, South Africa

Spotted on Sep 23, 2011
Submitted on Oct 18, 2020

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