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 7 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 2 years 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 7 years ago 17 sec 3.4
A bird on a branch, preening Locality Shamvura Camp, Kavango Region, Namibia
Ian Fulton 25 October 2004 7 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 1 year ago 21 sec 2.6
adult with prey
Locality Mikumi National Park, Tanzania (ssp weigalli)
Nik Borrow 14 October 2005 11 weeks ago 4
perched on a branch
Locality San Diego Zoo, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA (United States)
lsargentini 26 September 2012 1 year ago 3.7
A bird perched high in a tree
Locality Shamvura Camp, Kavango Region, Namibia (ssp spatulatus)
Ian Fulton 26 October 2004 4 years ago 3.5
Locality San Diego Zoo, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA (United States) (ssp spatulatus)
Jonathan Beilby 1 August 2004 4 years ago 1.5