Rollers (Coraciidae)

Purple Roller (Coracias naevius) - HBW 6, p. 371

French: Rollier varié German: Strichelracke 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).

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