Coraciidae – Rollers

Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus) by Bob-Nan

Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus) by Bob-Nan

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CLASS – AVES, Order – CORACIIFORMES, Family – Coraciidae – Rollers

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Species (12)

Purple Roller (Coracias naevius)
Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis)
Purple-winged Roller (Coracias temminckii)
Racket-tailed Roller (Coracias spatulatus)
Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus)
Abyssinian Roller (Coracias abyssinicus)
European Roller (Coracias garrulus)
Blue-bellied Roller (Coracias cyanogaster)
Blue-throated Roller (Eurystomus gularis)
Broad-billed Roller (Eurystomus glaucurus)
Oriental Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis)
Azure Dollarbird (Eurystomus azureus)

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The rollers are an Old World family, Coraciidae, of near passerine birds. The group gets its name from the aerial acrobatics some of these birds perform during courtship or territorial flights. Rollers resemble crows in size and build, and share the colourful appearance of kingfishers and bee-eaters, blues and pinkish or cinnamon browns predominating. The two inner front toes are connected, but not the outer one.

They are mainly insect eaters, with Eurystomus species taking their prey on the wing, and those of the genus Coracias diving from a perch to catch food items from on the ground, like giant shrikes. (Wikipedia with editing)


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