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February 21, 2021

Lilac-breasted roller

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From Wikipedia:

The lilac-breasted roller (Coracias caudatus) is an African bird of the roller family, Coraciidae.

It is widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa, and is a vagrant to the southern Arabian Peninsula.

It prefers open woodland and savanna, and it is for the most part 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 on the ground.

Nesting takes place in a natural hole in a tree where a clutch of 2–4 eggs are laid and incubated by both parents, who are extremely aggressive in defense of their nest, taking on raptors and other birds.

During the breeding season the male will rise to heights up to 144 meters (470 feet), descending in swoops and dives while uttering harsh, discordant cries.

The sexes are different in coloration, and juveniles lack the long tail streamers of adults.

This species is officially considered the national bird of Kenya.

Alternate names for the lilac-breasted roller include the fork-tailed roller, lilac-throated roller (also used for a subspecies of purple roller), and Mosilikatze's roller.

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