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Cuckoo Roller

Leptosomus discolor


Males have a mostly velvety grey chest and head, changing gradually to white on the remaining underparts, The back, tail, and wing-coverts are dark iridescent green with a purplish tinge (especially on the wing-coverts), and the crown and eye-stripe are black. The bill is stout and the eyes are set far back in the face. The legs and feet are small, and the feet have an unusual structure which has confused many ornithologists, but is now thought to be zygodactylous (two toes forwards, two toes backwards)


This wild bird obviously likes human company and is a common visitor to this information office of the park and trails area.

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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 3 months ago

Great spotting Mel11. Thanks for sharing and congratulations on the nomination.

Mel11 3 months ago

Thank you Machi for the nomination!

Machi 3 months ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 5 months ago

Wow - gorgeous spotting, beautiful creature - I never saw one, thanks for sharing! and only a second one on Project NOAH. We do not have this species at all in Birds of Sub-Saharan Africa (, and I would really like to invite it to the mission. Looking forward seeing your contributions there, Cheers

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway a year ago

Beautiful plumage. the bird itself looks like a composite of many others - interesting.

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Antananarivo Province, Madagascar

Spotted on Nov 4, 2012
Submitted on Jul 13, 2020

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