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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, 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), Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa

Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm, 1/320 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 200
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  • Peter Zentjens
    Peter Zentjensalmost 5 years ago

    Great capture, love the colours and sharpness

  • Thanks a lot Peter!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • leealanjudy
    leealanjudyalmost 5 years ago

    Gorgeous bird! So beautiful!

  • Thank you!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkeralmost 5 years ago

    Well done A perfect capture Had to FAVOR this one my friend…Tom

  • Many thanks Tom, cheers mate!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1almost 5 years ago

    fabulous capture!!!

  • Thanks a lot Ding!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • spotsnospots
    spotsnospotsalmost 5 years ago

    Stunning colors and a wonderful capture of them.

  • Thank you very much Sandy!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Ree  Reid
    Ree Reidalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture!

  • Thank you Ree!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • vadim19
    vadim19almost 5 years ago

    wonderful capture!

  • Thanks a lot Vadim!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Rosemaree
    Rosemareealmost 5 years ago

    Wow what fantastic colours… great capture

  • Thank you Rosemaree!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • rosson1
    rosson1almost 5 years ago

    Superb:))

  • Many thanks Ralph, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 5 years ago

    fantastic ,

  • Thank you Scott!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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