Purple Roller (Coracias naevius) - HBW 6, p. 371
French: Rollier varié
Spanish: Carraca Coroniparda
Other common names: Rufous-crowned Roller
Taxonomy: Coracias nævia Daudin, 1800, Senegal.
Relationships uncertain; no obvious close allies. Species name frequently given as feminine, naevia, as in original description, but genus is masculine. Original spelling of species name actually appears to be “noevia”, but appearance of diphthongs varies with original typescripts, and evidence from this same work indicates author's intended name to have been “naevia”. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- naevius Daudin, 1800 - Senegal E to Somalia, and S to Tanzania.
- mosambicus Dresser, 1890 - Angola and Namibia E to Zambia, S Mozambique and NE South Africa (N Natal).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 20 videos
A bird perched on a pole, starts flying Locality Fathala Forest, Sine Saloum Delta, Fatick Region, Senegal
Juan Sanabria 1 January 2009 4 years ago 29 sec 4.2
Bird feeds youngster. They interchange the insect and attempt to soften it. Note the use of the beak in slow motion towards the Locality Chobe National Park, North-West District, Botswana (ssp mosambicus)
Doug and Denise Norris 17 October 2008 41 weeks ago 2 min 10 sec 4
looking around Locality Mandina Ba, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp naevius)
Daniêl Jimenez 24 December 2011 2 years ago 36 sec 4
A bird sunning on the top of a bush Locality Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya (ssp naevius)
Peter van Dam 28 August 2006 6 years ago 27 sec 4
Perched bird flyes away Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2013 14 weeks ago 22 sec 3.6
bird perching in a tree Locality Bansang, Central River Division, The Gambia (ssp naevius)
Daniêl Jimenez 28 December 2011 2 years ago 45 sec 3.4
PhotosSee all 29 photos
Feeding on a large scorpion near Lower Sabie Park.
Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa (ssp mosambicus)
Robert Erasmus 16 May 2011 2 years ago 4.7
Locality Kedong Valley, Kenya (ssp naevius)
Nik Borrow 31 October 2013 16 weeks ago 4.5
Purple Roller (Coracias naevius)
Locality Dawa River, SNNPR Region, Ethiopia
Jacques Erard 15 October 2009 17 weeks ago 4.1
Perched on a stick along the shore of a dry river north of the city
Locality Windhoek, Khomas Region, Namibia
Lee Hunter 23 July 2010 1 year ago 4
Adult Purple Roller sitting in tree
Locality Swaziland (ssp mosambicus)
Philip Perry 3 July 2008 4 years ago 4
Resting on a branch.
Locality Lower Sabie Camp, Kruger National Park, South Africa (ssp mosambicus)
Robert Erasmus 29 April 2009 3 years ago 3.9
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