coracias caudata

October 22, 2014 - Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudata)

Requested by: the-sanguine-cynic

Lilac Breasted Rollers are found in grasslands and other open areas throughout eastern and southern Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula. They eat insects, including grasshoppers and beetles, in addition to lizards, amphibians, and other small animals. Highly territorial, they nest in tree cavities and termite hills, defending their nests from invaders such as raptors. Their name refers to their courtship flight, a dive with a fast rocking motion performed while calling loudly.