Rollers (Coraciidae)

European Roller (Coracias garrulus) - HBW 6, p. 373

French: Rollier d’Europe German: Blauracke Spanish: Carraca Europea
Other common names: Eurasian/Blue/Common Roller

Taxonomy: Coracias Garrulus Linnaeus, 1758, Sweden.
Often regarded as forming a superspecies with C. caudatus and C. abyssinicus, though those two are probably more closely allied to each other than either is to present species. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • garrulus Linnaeus, 1758 - NW Africa, SW, SC & E Europe and Asia Minor E through NW Iran to SW Siberia.
  • semenowi Loudon & Tschusi, 1902 - Iraq and Iran (except NW) E to Kashmir, N to Turkmeniya, S Kazakhstan and NW China (W Sinkiang).