Rollers (Coraciidae)

Cinnamon Roller (Eurystomus glaucurus) - HBW 6, p. 375

French: Rolle violet German: Zimtroller Spanish: Carraca Picogorda
Other common names: (African) Broad-billed Roller

Taxonomy: Coracias glaucurus P. L. S. Müller, 1776, Madagascar.
Has been treated as forming a superspecies with E. gularis, the two being very similar in morphology and behaviour; range of present species, however, subsumes that of E. gularis, and both are probably better considered as independent species. Race suahelicus intergrades with afer and aethiopicus in N of its range; aethiopicus sometimes merged with afer or split between that race and suahelicus. Birds from C & S Uganda sometimes separated as rufobuccalis; populations from Angola to Mozambique and Natal, averaging slightly shor.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Coracias glaucurus P. L. S. Müller, 1776, Madagascar.
Has been treated as forming a superspecies with E. gularis, the two being very similar in morphology and behaviour; range of present species, however, subsumes that of E. gularis, and both are probably better considered as independent species. Race suahelicus intergrades with afer and aethiopicus in N of its range; aethiopicus sometimes merged with afer or split between that race and suahelicus. Birds from C & S Uganda sometimes separated as rufobuccalis; populations from Angola to Mozambique and Natal, averaging slightly shorter-winged than suahelicus, sometimes separated as pulcherrimus. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • afer (Latham, 1790) - Senegal E to C Sudan, S to Cabinda (N Angola) and W Kenya.
  • aethiopicus Neumann, 1905 - SE Sudan, Ethiopia, NE Uganda and NW Kenya.
  • suahelicus Neumann, 1905 - S Somalia S to Angola, Botswana, E Transvaal and Zululand; Zanzibar and Pemba.
  • glaucurus (P. L. S. Müller, 1776) - Madagascar; migrates to E & EC Africa.