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Lilac-Breasted Roller Bird of Africa
When I read about this spectacularly colored bird in our newspaper today I was amazed at its stunning plumage and had never heard anything or known anything about this bird located in Africa, so I thought that others might also enjoy information regarding it.
It is the national bird of Botswana and Kenya and its contrasting colors probably has photographers with cameras and birdwatchers with binoculars happily engaged when spotting it. I know that I would love being able to see such a magnificent multicolored bird flitting about in the wilds of nature. They range in eastern and southern parts of Africa.
Apparently it gets its "roller" name from its aerial antics during breeding season.
Lilac-Breasted Roller Bird is the National Bird of both Botswana and Kenya.
The male bird flies high and then plunging back towards earth it rolls back and forth before finding a perch near the female he is courting. That is quite the courtship dance of sorts!
Like some other birds, these lilac-breasted rollers mate for life and both birds help incubate the eggs and help feed them after they are hatched. There are normally two to four eggs in the nests at one time. Nesting often takes place in abandoned termite mounds or even in holes made by woodpeckers.
They eat insects, snails, small lizards, mice and even small birds often swallowing them whole. Their size is about 14.5 inches in length.
Perching on trees and the upper parts of bushes in open grasslands is their preferred territory. They fiercely defend their territory from intruders which includes larger birds.
Unlike most birds where the male has the more vivid coloration and the females are more drab in hue, both the male and female lilac-breasted rollers are equally endowed with these gorgeous pigmented feathers. The remarkable colors include white, pink, lilac, cinnamon, yellow, black and various shades of green and blue.
This YouTube video below shows this magnificent bird in flight.
See amazing photos of the Lilac-breasted roller in flight. So very beautiful!!!
Were you aware that these Lilac-Breasted Roller birds mate for life?
In this video below the balancing act on a windblown branch makes it look like this lilac-breasted roller bird is belly dancing!
Belly Dancing Lilac-Breasted Roller
In this video you can listen to some vocalizations of this beautifully hued lilac-breasted roller bird.
Query regarding this most beautiful bird...
Have you ever seen a Lilac-Breasted Roller bird in person?
Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus) Photos for your EnjoymentClick thumbnail to view full-size
Have you ever seen a more colorful bird?
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