Abyssinian Roller (Coracias abyssinicus) - HBW 6, p. 372
French: Rollier d’Abyssinie
Spanish: Carraca Abisinia
Taxonomy: Coracias abyssinica Hermann, 1783, Ethiopia.
Often regarded as forming a superspecies with C. caudatus and C. garrulus, though probably more closely allied to former. May be closely related to C. spatulatus. Species name frequently given as feminine, abyssinica, as in original description, but genus is masculine. Monotypic.
Distribution: Senegal to E Ethiopia, N to Sahara, and S to edge of rainforest zone; occasionally into desert, N to coastal NW Mauritania (Nouadhibou) and NC Sudan (Khartoum); also SW Arabia (has nested at least in S Yemen).
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VideosSee all 27 videos
stretching the wings Locality Janjanbureh (Georgetown), Central River Division, The Gambia (Monotypic species)
Daniêl Jimenez 29 December 2011 3 years ago 35 sec 4.6
bird perching Locality Janjanbureh (Georgetown), Central River Division, The Gambia (Monotypic species)
Daniêl Jimenez 29 December 2011 3 years ago 38 sec 4.5
A bird on the ground Locality Nianing, Thiès Region, Senegal (Monotypic species)
Juan Sanabria 7 January 2007 8 years ago 16 sec 4.4
A bird perched on a line. Locality Kotu, Banjul, The Gambia (Monotypic species)
Yoel Jimenez 29 October 2014 23 weeks ago 27 sec 4.2
A bird perched Locality Fathala Forest, Sine Saloum Delta, Fatick Region, Senegal
Juan Sanabria 1 January 2009 5 years ago 24 sec 4.2
A bird looking around on a branch Locality Banjul, The Gambia (Monotypic species)
Eldert Groenewoud 22 October 2005 7 years ago 16 sec 4.1
PhotosSee all 44 photos
Locality Bansang Quarry, Bansang, Central River Division, The Gambia
Mattias Hofstede 14 December 2013 19 hours ago ADDED TODAY! 5
Adult flying by.
Locality Jakhaly, Central River Division, The Gambia
Mattias Hofstede 15 December 2013 1 day ago ADDED LAST WEEK 4.8
Perched on a stick
Locality Kotu Creek, Kotu, Banjul, The Gambia
A Marriott 7 April 2012 1 year ago 4.4
Abyssinian Roller (Coracias abyssinicus)
Locality Awash National Park, Ethiopia
Jacques Erard 15 October 2009 1 year ago 4.4
Perching on a tree
Locality Bahir Dar, Amhara Region, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
John A Thompson 17 January 2012 3 years ago 4.4
Nice blue color.
Locality Kédougou Region, Senegal
Jordi Palou 18 January 2013 2 years ago 4.4