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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Coraciiformes
Family:Coraciidae
Genus:Coracias
Genus species:Coracias caudata

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:28-38 cm
Weight:105 g
Identification:The head, nape, and upper back of the lilac-breasted roller are greenish-brown. The lower back and scapulars are brown, and the shoulders, flight feathers, and rump are light blue. The roller's tail is bluish, and the long tail feathers are black. The breast is a rich lilac color and is lightly streaked with white.
Habitat:Woodland and occasionally within grasslands
Diet:Carnivore: anything small that moves on the ground: arthropods, insects, lizards, frogs, snakes, birds, rodents, etc.
Reproduction:Lilac breasted rollers are monogamous solitary breeders. Nesting occurs in tree cavities during August to February and peak laying occurs in September to December. Females lay 2-4 white glossy eggs. The young are naked at hatching and are cared for by both parents. Young leave the nest 22-35 days after hatching.
Solitary pairs can often be spotted in bare tree tops.
Behavior:In their courtship display flights, these birds twist and roll. They are also a migratory species.
Status:No special status

Other Information

Geographic:Southern Africa Date:1973-11 Subjects:Lilac-breasted roller
perching birds
Coracias
Coraciidae
Coraciiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata