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
2020-03-06 15:02Etosha NP--Namutoni Camp
2020-03-14 13:30Etosha NP--Fischer's Pan Loop4
2020-03-04 07:46Etosha NP--Dik-Dik Drive1
2020-03-04 07:20Onguma Bush Camp1
2020-03-06 09:30Daan Viljoen Game Park2
2020-03-09 10:25Mahango Game Reserve1
2020-03-08 11:31Akagera NP -- Rwisirabo to Muyumbu Hills1
2020-03-07 19:46Akagera NP--Pls if possible, use more specific locations.5
2020-03-07 08:40Akagera NP--Visitor Centre3
2020-03-08 06:17Akagera NP--Akagera Lodge1
2020-03-11 07:27Akagera NP (southern area)3
2020-03-08 10:17Akagera NP--Lake Biringero1
2020-03-11 09:57Chobe Safari Lodge1
2020-03-11 06:00Imbabala Safari Camp15
2020-03-08 08:05Gwassi Hills (Ringa Hill)1
2020-03-06 13:17Ruma NP2
2020-03-07 16:00Hwange NP--Lukosi Safari Camp4
2020-03-20 06:29Hwange NP--Shumba Camp1
2020-03-04 07:00Turmi (general area)
2020-03-15 15:16Stephanie Wildlife Sanctuary1
2020-03-15 16:06Kuruman Nature Reserve2
2020-03-23 06:22Maasai Mara NR--Mara Triangle1
2020-03-19 13:30Maasai Mara NR (general please use more specific location if possible)6
2020-03-20 07:30Maasai Mara NR--Central section2
2020-04-01 18:23Serengeti NP--Dik Dik Campsite1
2020-03-18 13:44Maasai Mara NR--Aruba Mara Camp & Talek Gate1
2020-03-09 07:42Serengeti NP1
2020-03-07 14:58Serengeti NP--Naabi Hill Gate1
2020-03-04 10:27Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Ndutu Safari Lodge1
2020-03-09 16:09Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Ndutu (general area)1
2020-03-03 17:34Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Lake Masek2
2020-03-13 16:00Lake Nakuru NP2
2020-03-18 16:00Lake Nakuru NP--Lion Hill Lodge1
2020-03-13 09:33Yabello Sanctuary1
2020-03-03 08:33Lake Manyara NP (Arusha)2
2020-03-18 09:40El Sod Crater Rim2
2020-03-09 16:10Abdir Lavafields1
2020-03-22 16:36Tarangire NP--Entrance Gate3
2020-03-04 11:52Tarangire NP--Tarangire Safari Lodge20
2020-03-07 10:15Tarangire NP--Matete Picnic Site10
2020-03-05 18:07Awash NP--southern section1
2020-03-05 11:54Tarangire NP4
2020-03-06 16:20Tarangire NP--Tarangire Sopa Lodge4
2020-03-06 08:45Tarangire NP--Silale Swamp15
2020-03-22 06:23Engikaret Lark Plains2
2020-03-11 16:39Negele area east2
2020-03-16 15:15Liben Plains--south1
2020-03-16 06:00Liben Plain4
2020-03-15 09:30Amboseli NP2
2020-03-26 06:21Nyumba ya Mungu Reservoir1
2020-03-14 06:00Welgevonden Game Reserve2
2020-03-21 10:09Monnakato village--rural bush south of1
2020-03-21 10:43Vaalkop Dam Nature Reserve5
2020-03-19 11:29Kgomo-Kgomo to Moretele1
2020-03-14 10:24Kgomo-Kgomo3
2020-03-14 11:30Taita Mines and surrounding area2
2020-03-14 15:38Zaagkuildrift Rd (Please be more specific)1
2020-03-25 06:56Nylsvley Nature Reserve1
2020-03-15 06:00Rust de Winter Roadside Routes1
2020-03-23 12:19Tweedespruit Conservancy1
2020-03-04 15:10Kruger NP--Punda Maria Camp1
2020-03-29 06:33Mikimba Swamp5
2020-03-20 14:20Mida Creek1
2020-03-04 05:48Kruger NP--Sirheni Bushveld Camp3
2020-03-07 07:22Kruger NP--Shingwedzi Camp1
2020-03-04Kruger NP--Phalaborwa-Letaba Rd1
2020-03-20 06:46Umbabat NR--Ingwelala2
2020-03-05Kruger NP--Letaba-Olifants Rd2
2020-03-06Kruger NP--H1-4/Satara Camp to Olifants River4
2020-03-05 06:50Singita Ebony Lodge1
2020-03-11 06:23Kruger NP--Kruger Gate-Skukuza Rd1
2020-03-07Kruger NP--Satara-N'wanetsi Rd/H61
2020-03-09 16:30Kruger NP--Skukuza Day Visitor Picnic Area3
2020-03-09 05:43Kruger NP--Lower Sabie: Sabie River Bridge1
2020-03-10 05:40Kruger NP--Tshokwane Road6
2020-03-11 06:59Kruger NP--Berg-en-Dal Camp1
2020-03-05 13:37Kruger NP--Afsaal Picnic Site
2020-03-11 11:10Kruger NP--Berg-en-Dal to Malelane Gate/S1102
2020-03-04 08:03Kruger NP--Malelane Gate (Crocodile River Bridge)4
2020-03-10 10:45Kruger NP--Old Tshokwane Rd/S1281
2020-03-17 10:23Macaneta--Tidal wetland, dune forests and coast
2020-03-19 06:06Mkhuze GR - Kumasinga Hide5
2020-03-18 12:41Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge2
2020-03-14 16:19Dunes de Dovela3