European Roller (Coracias garrulus) - HBW 6, p. 373
French: Rollier d’Europe
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).
- Near Threatened Enlarge map
VideosSee all 18 videos
A couple perching on a branch Locality Extremadura, Spain
PASSER Naturaleza y Desar... 1 year ago 36 sec 4.9
A bird chasing Locality Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Pascal Vagner 11 August 2011 2 years ago 32 sec 4.3
A closer view Locality Tamgaly, Almaty Province, Kazakhstan (ssp garrulus)
Eric Roualet 27 May 2012 2 years ago 16 sec 4.3
Adult preening. Locality Artesa de Lleida, Lleida Province, Catalonia, Spain (ssp garrulus)
Jordi Bas i Casas 30 April 2001 12 years ago 19 sec 4.2
A bird perch on a branch Locality La Serena, Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain (ssp garrulus)
Jose Ramon 13 April 2008 38 weeks ago 1 min 35 sec 4
An adult perched on wires Locality Chimgan Hills, Tashkent Province, Uzbekistan (ssp semenowi)
Greg Baker 8 May 2008 2 years ago 26 sec 4
PhotosSee all 88 photos
A side view of an adult perched
Locality Gardabani, Kvemo Kartli Region , Georgia (ssp garrulus )
Lars Petersson 5 May 2013 38 weeks ago 4.8
on a fence
Locality Ramot, Golan Heights, Israel
Lior Kislev 23 April 2007 2 years ago 4.7
Sitting on a rock
Locality Arakhiya Farm, Al Rayyan, Qatar
John A Thompson 8 October 2011 3 years ago 4.7
Adult with a spider in transit to the nest.
Locality Baixo Alentejo, Alentejo Region, Portugal
Jose Viana 10 July 2008 5 years ago 4.7
A bird on the ground.
Locality Beit She'an Valley, Israel
Lior Kislev 16 September 2010 4 years ago 4.6
Frontal view of adult with wings spread
Locality Bellcaire, Lleida Province, Catalonia, Spain (Monotypic species)
Mikko Pyhälä 15 May 2014 20 weeks ago 4.5