Lilacbreasted Roller (Troupant) by Elizabeth Kendall
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I took this photo in the Kruger National Park. (South Africa)
Canon PowerShot S51S
PHOTOGRAPHY: Feathered Friends
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The lilacbreasted roller (Coracias caudatus) is a common resident, widespread in Africa south of Congo Basin, but absent from southern South Africa; also found north to East Africa, Ethiopia and Somalia.
They are medium sized birds with a lilac breast and azure blue abdomen. The bird has 7 different shades of blue. Forehead and brow are whitish, the back is brown. The pointed blue outer-tail feathers are elongated to form pointed streamers. Monogamous birds, usually seen solitary or in pairs. During the breeding season both sexes perform characteristic roller aerobatics involving rotating side to side on a downward stoop. It starts with a male sitting opposite a female, and then the male attacking the female. The female responds, they fly straight up, tip forward and fall rapidly with closed wings. As they reach the ground, they level out and fly very fast, rolling four or five times! Sweeping up again, they fly high and repeat the display. Females that have just sexually matured will perform this wedding dance with several males and choose the one with whom the performance went most harmoniously. Harsh, rasping squawks and screams usually accompany this performance.
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Comments

  • janeymac
    janeymacover 4 years ago

    what a beautiful bird !! brilliant capture !!!

  • Thank you Janeymac! Appreciate your friendly comment!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • tcat757
    tcat757over 4 years ago

  • Thanks for accepting!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • 4artisticdesign
    4artisticdesignover 4 years ago

    wow how beautiful could i have one for my birthday :)

  • Thanks ! You are welcome, why not?!!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 4 years ago

    Oh, I LOVE this Liz! What a gorgeous fellow! Congrats with such a beautiful shot! That Canon PowerShot certainly does the job!

  • Thank you Maree! I knew you would love this one!! And yes, my camera is one of my best friends indeed. ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1over 4 years ago


    Beautiful! Congratulations on your feature May 18, 2010!

  • This is wonderful news!! Thank you so much, what a honour!!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Debbie Schiff
    Debbie Schiffover 4 years ago

    WOW! Must say… the best capture of this beautiful little birdie I’ve seen in a long, long time….. conrats on our feature!

  • Thanks so much Debbie! x

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Kristy  Dorris
    Kristy Dorrisover 4 years ago

    What a little beauty! Fabulous shot, Kudos!!

  • Thank you Kristy, appreciation!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Jaclyn Hughes
    Jaclyn Hughesover 4 years ago

    This is a beautiful shot of a fabulous bird.

  • Thanks Jacklyn!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Jaclyn Hughes
    Jaclyn Hughesover 4 years ago

    Very welcome :)

  • Maureen Grobler
    Maureen Groblerover 4 years ago

    Look at this little fellow – too cute! Beautiful colours!

  • Thanks my darling!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

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