Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus) - HBW 6, p. 372
French: Rollier à longs brins
Spanish: Carraca Lila
Other common names: Lilac-throated Roller (lorti)
Taxonomy: Coracias caudata Linnaeus, 1766, Angola.
Often regarded as forming a superspecies with C. abyssinicus and C. garrulus, though probably more closely allied to former. Species name frequently given as feminine, caudata, as in original description, but genus is masculine. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- lorti Shelley, 1885 - Eritrea S to Somalia and NE Kenya.
- caudatus Linnaeus, 1766 - Angola E to C & E Kenya, S to Namibia and N South Africa.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 25 videos
A perched bird Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2013 23 weeks ago 32 sec 4.7
A bird perched on a stump, then flying away Locality Lake Ziway, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp lorti)
Keith Blomerley 7 April 2002 5 years ago 16 sec 4.7
Perched bird Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2013 34 weeks ago 31 sec 4.5
A bird on top of a bush, cattle and people passing behind. Locality Negele Boran, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp lorti)
Josep del Hoyo 11 December 2005 7 years ago 26 sec 4.4
A fluffy plumaged bird after the rain Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2013 26 weeks ago 28 sec 4.2
A pair on territory and calling Locality Mana Pools National Park, Mashonaland West Province, Zimbabwe (ssp caudatus)
Greg Baker 10 September 1999 2 years ago 36 sec 4.1
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Kevin B Agar 11 January 2014 6 weeks ago 4.5
Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus)
Locality Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania
Jacques Erard 15 July 2012 13 weeks ago 4.5
Lilac-breasted Roller perching on a tree.
Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa (ssp caudatus)
AnneMarks 9 November 2012 18 weeks ago 4.5
Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus), immature
Locality Awash National Park, Ethiopia
Jacques Erard 15 October 2009 24 weeks ago 4.5
A Lilac-Breasted Roller seen by the roadside in Etosha National Park, Namibia.
Locality Etosha National Park, Namibia (ssp caudatus)
Glenda Rees 12 July 2009 2 years ago 4.5
Roller perched on a stick. Sunup at Etosha National Park
Locality Etosha National Park, Namibia
Lee Hunter 5 August 2010 1 year ago 4.4