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lilac breasted roller

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lilac breasted roller Fast Facts

  • Location: Southern and Eastern Africa.
  • Habitat: Open woodlands and savannah.
  • Lifespan: up to 10 years.
  • Diet: Carnivore
  • Length: 50cm to 58cm
  • Weight: 104g to 110g
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Overview

The Lilac-breasted roller is a small bird that is beautifully coloured. Iridescent lilac feathers down the chest with blue feathers on its underbelly, on the wings it is blue tips and edges moving back to brown colour. It is widely distributed across Southern and Eastern Africa, found in open woodlands and savannahs. It prefers to perch at the top of trees and branches so that it has a good view of the ground, where it can hunt for insects and small amphibians. With smaller prey items, they will swallow them whole, however with larger prey items they will take them to a tree where they will bash them until they have been dismembered. They are often found alone or in pairs. They are quite vocal bird and will make a "rak rak rak" noise during flight.

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Diet

These birds are carnivores, feeding on a diet of insects, spiders, scorpions, millipedes, snails and small birds.

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Reproduction

During the breeding season, the birds follow a courtship display. Whereby they will dive towards the group and speed and then swoop back before rolling from side to side. A female will lay between 2 and 4 eggs, which hatch after 24 days.

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Threats + Conservation

This species of bird is considered Least Concern by the IUCN Redlist and currently has no known threats.

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Fun facts

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lilac breasted roller Gallery

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