The Rollers occur in the warmer areas of the Old World (Europa, Asia, and Africa). These crow-size birds have a colorful, mostly blue and brown plumage. Their two inner front toes are connected, but not the outer one.
The Rollers occur in the warmer areas of the Old World (Europa, Asia, and Africa).
These crow-size birds have a colorful, mostly blue and brown plumage. Their two inner front toes are connected, but not the outer one.
They mostly feed on insects, usually catching them in mid-air. They were named for the aerial acrobatics they perform when hunting insects.
They usually nest in tree cavities. The average nest consists of 2 – 4 eggs.
The eleven species are:
- European Roller Coracias garrulus
- Abyssinian Roller Coracias abyssinica
- Lilac-breasted Roller Coracias caudata : The Lilac-breasted Roller is a member of the roller family of birds
- Racquet-tailed Roller Coracias spatulata
- Rufous-crowned Roller Coracias naevius
- Indian Roller Coracias benghalensis
- Temminck’s Roller Coracias temminckii
- Blue-bellied Roller Coracias cyanogaster
Genus Eurystomus: Eurystomus is a genus of the roller family of birds. It contains four broad-billed species, which breeds in Africa, Asia and Australasia.
- Broad-billed Roller Eurystomus glaucurus
- Blue-throated Roller Eurystomus gularis
- Azure Roller Eurystomus azureus
- Dollarbird Eurystomus orientalis : AKA Broad-billed Roller: The Dollar Roller was named for the silver-dollar sized spots on its wings. It has a length of up to 30cm, and can be found in East Asia, from northern Australia to the Japanese archipelago.The bird is an insectivore with a love of beetles and often catches prey whilst flying. Juveniles have a darker beak which becomes more orange as it becomes mature.
Species Research by Sibylle Johnson
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