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The Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus) is a member of the roller family of birds. It is widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula, preferring open woodland and savanna; it is largely absent from treeless places. Usually found alone or in pairs, it perches conspicuously at the tops of trees, poles or other high vantage points from where it can spot insects like this grasshopper, lizards, scorpions, snails, small birds and rodents moving about at ground level. The sexes are alike in coloration. Juveniles do not have the long tail feathers that adults do. It is also the national bird of Botswana.
Lilacbreasted Roller (Coracias caudata), Chobe National Park, Botswana, Africa

Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm, 1/640 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 160
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  • A.M. Ruttle
    A.M. Ruttleabout 5 years ago

    Ah beautiful capture, Konstantinos! I love these birds, and you’ve caught it at just the right moment.

  • Thanks a lot!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Euphemia
    Euphemiaabout 5 years ago

    fantastic capture, two animals in one shot! lol

  • Thank you Euphemia!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Paulo van Breugel
    Paulo van Breugelabout 5 years ago

    Very nice with its catch

  • Thanks Paulo!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • leealanjudy
    leealanjudyabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful! The color is gorgeous!

  • Thank you very much!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Dennis Stewart
    Dennis Stewartabout 5 years ago

    Congratulations..your work has been featured in the World Wildlife Photography Group

  • Many thanks Dennis, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Kasia Nowak
    Kasia Nowakabout 5 years ago

    Great timing. I love the colours too.

  • Thanks a lot Kasia!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 5 years ago

    Thank you very much “Zoophoria” group for the feature, much appreciated!

  • SandraRos
    SandraRosabout 5 years ago

  • Many thanks Sandra, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)
    Gina Ruttle (...almost 5 years ago

    Perfect capture of one of the most beautiful birds in the world! Great job!

  • Thanks a lot Gina!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Maggie Hegarty
    Maggie Hegartyalmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations from the hosts of The 100 – 499 Viewings Group

  • Many thanks Maggie, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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