Racquet-tailed Roller (Coracias spatulatus) - HBW 6, p. 372
French: Rollier à raquettes
Spanish: Carraca de Raquetas
Other common names: Weigall’s Roller (weigalli)
Taxonomy: Coracias spatulatus Trimen, 1880, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
Affinities uncertain; possibly closer to C. abyssinicus than to C. caudatus. Status of race weigalli disputed; has been thought to be merely half-moulted immature of present species, but other authors regard it as a valid, geographically distinct taxon; the two races evidently hybridize over c. 200-km-wide area from S Tanzania through Malawi to C Mozambique. Species name frequently given as feminine, spatulata, but genus is masculine. Two subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- spatulatus Trimen, 1880 - W Angola E to W Tanzania and Mozambique (S of R Zambezi).
- weigalli Dresser, 1890 - S Tanzania and N Mozambique (N of R Zambezi).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A bird perched, preening Locality Bronx Zoo, New York City, New York, USA (United States)
Josep del Hoyo 24 June 2005 6 years ago 30 sec 4.3
A pair perched and viewed independently Locality Mana Pools National Park, Mashonaland West Province, Zimbabwe (ssp spatulatus)
Greg Baker 12 September 1999 1 year ago 45 sec 4
A bird drinking and flying away Locality Bronx Zoo, New York City, New York, USA (United States)
Josep del Hoyo 29 June 2005 6 years ago 17 sec 3.4
A bird on a branch, preening Locality Shamvura Camp, Kavango Region, Namibia
Ian Fulton 25 October 2004 6 years ago 31 sec 2.7
Brief view of a bird perched on a branch and flying off. Locality San Diego Zoo, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA (United States)
Josep del Hoyo 19 June 2012 36 weeks ago 21 sec 2.6
perched on a branch
Locality San Diego Zoo, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA (United States)
lsargentini 26 September 2012 32 weeks ago 3.7
A bird perched high in a tree
Locality Shamvura Camp, Kavango Region, Namibia (ssp spatulatus)
Ian Fulton 26 October 2004 3 years ago 3.7
Locality San Diego Zoo, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA (United States) (ssp spatulatus)
Jonathan Beilby 1 August 2004 3 years ago 1.5