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Abyssinian Roller

Coracias abyssinicus


A stunning roller with a brilliant blue and brown plumage and long tail streamers, spotted here in Niamey near the river Niger. Found across tropical Africa in a belt south of the Sahara.


Garden with trees, close to river.


Over a three weeks stay in Niamey I saw this bird everyday close to the river. I only ever saw one bird at a time and I assumed it was the same individual. This bird is found in open country with some trees, as well as farmland and inhabited areas.

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DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thanks Satyen!

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Beautiful! I might have missed it :-)

DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thanks J! I love all rollers but this species has such spectacular streamers!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Stunning indeed!

DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thanks Mayra!

MayraSpringmann 8 years ago


achmmad 8 years ago

You're welcome, Daniele! :) and thanks for that.

DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thnanak you achmmad! I hope you win your camera:-)

achmmad 8 years ago


DanielePralong 9 years ago

Akshay, hi and thanks for your comment. Yes, I've seen your Indian roller! You can see this spotting right next to that of the Abyssinian roller in my gallery. Both are of the genius Coracias but they are distinct species. Both are stunning birds of similar shape, with very different plumage though. Their distribution almost overlaps but not quite; I've seen the Abyssinian roller in Ethiopia and the Indian roller in the Arabic peninsula.

Wow , hey Daniele we in India have same species called as Indian Roller.

DanielePralong 9 years ago

I agree he's a beauty Carolina! I nicknamed it "magic bird". He would appear everyday no matter what. I gave up IDying it at the time as all I had was a list of all (more than 550!) birds of Niger but no pictorial guide...

Carolina 9 years ago


Spotted by

Niamey, Niger

Spotted on Nov 28, 2009
Submitted on May 27, 2011

Spotted for Mission

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