The Rufous-crowned Rollers (Coracias Coracias naevius / naevia) – also known as Purple Rollers – are members of the Roller family.
Species and Ranges
Lilac-throated Roller, Rufous-crowned Roller or Rufous-crowned Roller (Coracias naevius naevius, Daudin, 1800) – Nominate form
Range: Senegal east to Somalia, and south to northern Tanzania.
Purple Roller, Rufous-crowned Roller or Rufous-crowned Roller (mosambicus) (Coracias naevius mosambicus, Dresser, 1890)
Range: Angola and Namibia east to Zambia, south to Mozambique and northeastern South Africa (northern Natal).
Habitat: Mostly associated with dry open brush and wooded areas.
They feed on lizards and invertebrates (inluding insects), and may also eat small birds.