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
2021-02-10 06:44Hobatere Lodge1
2021-02-03 07:14Okonjima Nature Reserve2
2021-02-10 07:43Rwakobo Rock Lodge1
2021-02-22 16:37Okavango Delta--Mombo/Little Mombo Camp2
2021-02-13 12:30Maun--Thamalakane River1
2021-02-20 09:03Moroto (Village)3
2021-02-16 16:48Eastern Gwassi Foothills1
2021-02-04 07:05Kisumu Waterfront (incl. Ndunga Swamp, Hippo Pt. and Impala Park)
2021-02-23 14:00Maasai Mara NR--Mara Triangle5
2021-02-14 06:30Maasai Mara NR* general (pls. use more precise loc.)
2021-01-27 12:33Maasia Mara NR--Sala's Camp2
2021-02-06 07:10Maasai Mara NR, Eastern Section
2021-01-30 15:30Lake Baringo--Inshore Cliffs and surrounds2
2021-01-31 06:40Lake Baringo (general)1
2021-02-20 08:56Lower Zambezi NP2
2021-02-18 10:38Lake Elementaita--Serena Camp (formerly Delamere Camp)5
2021-01-29 10:55Lake Naivasha Country Club
2021-02-07 15:00Lentorre Lodge3
2021-02-20 09:17Yabello Sanctuary1
2021-02-14 09:29Woodlands Stop-Over
2021-02-21Lake Manyara NP--Lake Manyara Tree Lodge
2021-01-27 06:43Flatdogs Camp2
2021-02-20 06:41South Luangwa NP--Mfuwe Lodge1
2021-02-06 11:20Nairobi NP1
2021-02-19 08:00Bulawayo--Aisleby Sewage Works10
2021-01-30 06:04Kisolanza The Old Farm House1
2021-02-01 16:53Kimana Sanctuary1
2021-02-13 05:20Marakele NP2
2021-01-25 14:51Finfoot Lake Reserve2
2021-02-09 09:02Kgomo-Kgomo1
2021-01-26 07:00Tsavo East NP (general)3
2021-02-04 13:42Tsavo East NP--Aruba Lodge and Dam1
2021-02-13 08:33Nylsvley Nature Reserve--Vogelfontein
2021-02-20 11:55De Wagendrift Road8
2021-02-19 09:20Kruger NP--Mahonie Loop/S991
2021-02-08 08:16Kruger NP--Pafuri Gate to Luvuvhu River/H1-91
2021-02-19 14:46Kruger NP--Punda Maria Camp1
2021-02-06 10:34Mida Creek1
2021-02-20 04:57Kruger NP--Bridge over Luvuvhu River1
2021-01-27 07:38Lake Chem Chem1
2021-02-21 06:11Kruger NP--S601
2021-02-09 06:49Kruger NP--H1-8 (Punda Gate Rd to Luvuvhu River)2
2021-02-07 14:15Kruger NP--Pafuri/S63 area1
2021-02-21 07:14Kruger NP--Klopperfontein Loop/Dam1
2021-02-14 07:39Lower Tana River Delta
2021-02-21 05:11Kruger NP--Bateleur Bushveld Camp1
2021-02-08 16:45Chwaka Bay1
2021-02-21 16:54Kruger NP--Shingwedzi Camp1
2021-02-17 12:31Kruger NP--Phalaborwa-Letaba Rd1
2021-02-11 18:39Kruger NP--Letaba Camp1
2021-02-11 05:13Singita Ebony Lodge10
2021-02-10 05:15Mala-Mala Game Reserve20
2021-02-08 09:14Kruger NP--Skukuza Golf Club1
2021-02-06 21:06Kruger NP--Skukuza Camp1
2021-02-06 07:27Kruger NP--Old Tshokwane Rd/S1281
2021-02-10 07:55KaMsholo Bushveld Safaris (formerly Nisela Safaris)1
2021-02-21 08:16Macaneta-- Wetland, dune forests and coast1
2021-02-07 05:34Manyoni GR (please be more specific)2
2021-02-06 13:01Mkhuze GR (please be more specific)
2021-02-22 15:25Phinda GR5
2021-02-14 16:00Dunes de Dovela8