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
2019-08-15 06:30Hara Langano Lodge1
2019-08-20 08:50Windhoek--Hosea Kutako Airport1
2019-08-22 15:26Serengeti NP--Northern Serengeti5
2019-08-10 08:30Maasai Mara NR (general please use more specific location if possible)3
2019-08-21 08:29Serengeti NP1
2019-08-20 09:59Liben Plain1
2019-08-15 08:00Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Ngorongoro Crater2
2019-08-17 11:00Africa Safari Glamping Tented Camp1
2019-08-18 07:57Lake Manyara NP--Maramboi Tented Camp1
2019-08-11 10:32Chobe River--west of Kasane20
2019-08-16 12:25Tarangire NP--Entrance Gate1
2019-08-16 13:30Tarangire NP8
2019-08-17 06:20Frangilla Lodge2
2019-08-10 17:00David Livingstone Safari Lodge
2019-08-22 11:10Victoria Falls (Zambia side)2
2019-08-21 07:00Batini near USA River1
2019-08-17 10:29Taita Lowlands--Salt Lick Lodge1
2019-08-17 08:20Taita Lowlands--Lumo Conservancy/Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary3
2019-08-20 05:40Luambe NP1
2019-08-12 13:06Tsavo East NP--Aruba Lodge and Dam2
2019-08-10 11:05Mikumi NP2
2019-08-15 06:30Madikwe Game Reserve3
2019-08-10 09:39Finfoot Lake Reserve2
2019-08-23 06:10Kruger NP--Pafuri Camp (Camp Guests Only)3
2019-08-22 15:43Gorongosa NP--Picada 1 Rd3
2019-08-13 09:51Kruger NP--Phabeni Gate1
2019-08-10 06:30Kruger NP--Pretoriuskop Rest Camp3
2019-08-10 13:38Kruger NP--Phabeni to Skukuza3
2019-08-20 08:08Lake Panic Bird Hide3
2019-08-21 08:33Kruger NP--Tshokwane4
2019-08-11 15:30Kruger NP--Skukuza-Nkuhlu Road
2019-08-10 09:13Kruger NP--Malelane (Crocodile River Bridge)2
2019-08-18 11:22Kruger NP--Crocodile Bridge Camp5
2019-08-14 15:34Phinda Private Game Reserve1