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 26 videos
A bird perched on a stump, then flying away Locality Lake Ziway, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp lorti)
Keith Blomerley 7 April 2002 7 years ago 16 sec 4.8
A perched bird Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2013 1 year ago 32 sec 4.7
Perched bird Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2013 1 year 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 9 years ago 26 sec 4.4
A fluffy plumaged bird after the rain Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2013 1 year 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 3 years ago 36 sec 4.1
PhotosSee all 110 photos
Locality Khwai, Okavango Delta, North-West District, Botswana (ssp caudatus)
Lee Ouzman 15 January 2012 47 weeks ago 4.7
Adult with prey
Locality Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
maurizioravasini 6 July 2013 51 weeks ago 4.7
Locality Mana Pools National Park, Mashonaland West Province, Zimbabwe
Stanislav Harvančík 19 October 2009 21 weeks ago 4.7
Locality Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya (ssp caudatus)
Kevin B Agar 11 January 2014 49 weeks ago 4.6
Adult perched showing underwing.
Locality Sango, Save Valley Conservancy, Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe (ssp caudatus)
Adam Riley 26 April 2011 40 weeks ago 4.6
Roller perched on a stick. Sunup at Etosha National Park
Locality Etosha National Park, Namibia
Lee Hunter 5 August 2010 2 years ago 4.5