The lilac-breasted roller (Coracias caudatus) is an African 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. Nesting takes place in a natural hole in a tree where a clutch of 2–4 eggs is laid, and incubated by both parents, who are extremely aggressive in defence of their nest, taking on raptors and other birds. During the breeding season the male will rise to great heights, descending in swoops and dives, while uttering harsh, discordant cries.

The sexes are alike in coloration. Juveniles do not have the long tail feathers that adults do.

This species is the national bird of Kenya.
Lilac-breasted Roller
Date Location Count
2021-07-03 16:04Etosha NP--Okaukuejo Camp1
2021-07-02 07:36Etosha NP--Okevi Loop1
2021-07-02 08:07Etosha NP--Fischer's Pan Loop1
2021-07-02 15:33Etosha NP--Chudop1
2021-06-26 07:06Roy's Camp1
2021-07-20 08:55Liuwa Plain NP1
2021-07-09 10:10Queen Elizabeth II NP1
2021-06-27 11:33Mahango Game Reserve1
2021-07-20 07:30Okavango Delta--Xaro Lodge1
2021-07-02 08:43Kamatana Dam1
2021-07-16 08:20Gashora Swamp1
2021-07-09 08:34Lake Mburo NP--Entrance Road1
2021-07-05 09:29Rwakobo Rock Lodge1
2021-07-17 07:50Lake Mburo NP1
2021-06-25 18:20Lake Mburo NP--Kazuma track3
2021-06-26 17:17Lake Mburo NP--Eastern part1
2021-07-14 09:24Akagera NP -- Rwisirabo to Muyumbu Hills1
2021-07-12 11:41Akagera Valley Dam1
2021-07-09 15:06Akagera NP--Akagera Lodge1
2021-07-09 07:04Akagera NP (southern area)2
2021-07-11 11:50Island View Lodge2
2021-07-09 15:19Moremi Game Reserve--South Gate
2021-07-19 06:36Chobe NP--A33 (Ngoma to Kasane)1
2021-07-03 09:33Zambezi NP--Chamabonda Vlei1
2021-07-03 07:52Kgalagadi TFCA--Twee Rivieren Camp1
2021-07-23 06:30Gweta--Planet Baobab1
2021-06-28 07:47Frangilla Lodge
2021-07-06 11:29Serengeti NP--Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp1
2021-06-27 09:41Hwange NP--Guvalava Pan6
2021-07-11 06:06Singita Sabora Tented Camp1
2021-07-04 08:00Singita Sasakwa Lodge1
2021-07-06 10:45Kuruman Nature Reserve1
2021-06-25 17:21Hwange National Park--Hwange Main Camp1
2021-06-28 17:33Singita Faru Faru Lodge2
2021-07-16 11:23Serengeti NP--Lamai Triangle1
2021-07-21 06:33Masaai Mara NR--Mara River (North)3
2021-06-27 16:22Maasai Mara NR--Musiara Swamp1
2021-07-07 07:00Serengeti NP--Moru Kopjes
2021-07-06 07:00Serengeti NP--Seronera
2021-06-29 09:57Maasai Mara NR--Talek Plains1
2021-07-02 07:51Maasai Mara NR--Sand River1
2021-07-21 16:20Kanyemba Island (Zambezi River/Kafue River Confluence)1
2021-07-16 08:12Serengeti NP3
2021-07-15 06:30Lake Baringo--Inshore Cliffs and surrounds2
2021-07-17 06:46Lake Baringo (general)1
2021-07-03 22:10Maasai Mara NR--Sarova Mara Game Camp1
2021-07-12 06:39Maasai Mara NR--Enkewa Camp1
2021-07-09 08:05Serengeti NP--Lobo Hills2
2021-07-19 07:32Lake Nakuru NP5
2021-07-20 15:20Abidjatta-Shalla NP4
2021-07-21 07:35Yabello area5
2021-07-13 09:00Lake Naivasha--Camp Carnelley's and Fisherman's Camp2
2021-06-27 08:07Naivasha Town1
2021-06-26 07:01KWS Hippo Camp, Lake Naivasha1
2021-07-18 08:53Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Ngorongoro Crater3
2021-07-08 14:34El Karama Ranch Eco Lodge1
2021-07-23 13:00Ol Pejeta Conservancy2
2021-07-24 17:39Solio Game Reserve1
2021-07-02 07:00Lake Manyara NP (Arusha)
2021-07-08 06:15Samburu NR
2021-07-13 06:30Samburu NR--Elephant Bedroom Camp
2021-07-22 18:00Buffalo Springs NR2
2021-07-09 12:12Buffalo Springs NR--Buffalo Springs Lodge2
2021-07-10 15:56Nanja Valley1
2021-07-01 08:00Tarangire NP
2021-07-21 11:21Mwea Rice Fields4
2021-07-23 09:08Meserani Snake Park1
2021-07-09 07:52Ruaha NP--Mwagusi Safari Camp2
2021-07-17 09:23Engikaret Lark Plains--Acacia Scrub to South2
2021-07-04 16:55Ruaha River Lodge3
2021-07-17 08:40Arusha Airport1
2021-07-17 08:26Burka Coffee Estate1
2021-07-10 07:50Tungamalenga (village)1
2021-07-05 13:24Ndarakwai Ranch1
2021-07-12 10:30Amboseli NP5
2021-07-04 06:39Airport Planet Lodge1
2021-07-24 07:08AA Amboseli lodge1
2021-07-08 15:44Mandegee farm1
2021-07-05 11:42Marataba Lodge
2021-07-23 17:11Dikhololo Game Reserve1
2021-07-06 08:00Tsavo East NP--Lugards Falls6
2021-07-10 09:25Sanje Falls1
2021-07-11 16:39Mikumi NP2
2021-07-11 09:30Mikumi NP--Vuma Rd. & vicinity (enroute to/from Vuma Hills Tented Camp)1
2021-07-09 13:10Sagala Lodge/Ndara Ranch1
2021-07-17 14:16Tsavo East NP--southern section
2021-07-11 10:34Sondela Nature Reserve4
2021-07-12 09:26Radium1
2021-06-27 06:06Dinokeng Game Reserve (Please be more precise)1
2021-06-26 08:11Lake Jilore
2021-07-09 08:19Selous Game Reserve--Mtemere Gate
2021-07-11 07:16Kruger NP--Bridge over Luvuvhu River
2021-07-12 07:46Kruger NP--Crooks Corner
2021-07-24 12:34Liwonde National Park6
2021-07-19 18:56Ngala Private Game Reserve
2021-06-26 06:35Manyeleti Game Reserve1
2021-06-27 11:48Kruger NP--S1405
2021-07-14 13:37Dulini Private Game Reserve
2021-07-09 14:00Kruger NP--Talamati Bushveld Camp
2021-06-25 12:21Kruger NP--Shimangwaneni1
2021-07-17 07:19Lion Sands Game Reserve5
2021-07-15 13:59Sabi Sand Game Reserve--Kirkmans Kamp
2021-07-24 08:48Kruger NP--Transport Dam1
2021-07-04 06:35Kruger NP--Berg-en-Dal Camp2
2021-07-24 06:10Kruger NP--S1301
2021-07-21 14:03Kruger NP--Crocodile Bridge Camp2
2021-07-17 12:24Macaneta-- Wetland, dune forests and coast1
2021-07-06 17:16Pongola NR5
2021-07-19 06:02Phinda GR