A Lilac Breasted Roller

Elizabeth Kendall

Bronkhorstspruit, South Africa

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The Lilac Breasted Roller feeds on grasshoppers, beetles, occasionally lizards, crabs, and small amphibians. They take prey from the ground.
Photo: Kruger National Park, South Africa.
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PHOTOGRAPHY: Feathered Friends
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FEATURED in The World as we see it or as we missed it
21 July 2011.
FEATURED in Nature’s Paintbrush
24 July 2011.
FEATURED in The Wonder of Wings
25 July 2011.
FEATURED in African Fauna & Flora
29 Aug. 2011.
Breeding:
They make unlined nests in natural tree holes or in termite hills. Sometimes they take over woodpecker’s or kingfisher’s nest holes. They lay 2-4 white eggs, which are incubated by both sexes for 22-24 days. At 19 days the chicks are fully feathered and grayish brown.
Behaviour:
Rollers get their name from their impressive courtship flight, a fast, shallow dive from considerable elevation with a rolling or fast rocking motion, accompanied by loud raucous calls.

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