The European roller (Coracias garrulus) is the only member of the roller family of birds to breed in Europe. Its overall range extends into the Middle East and Central Asia and Morocco.

There are two subspecies: the nominate garrulus, which breeds from in north Africa from Morocco east to Tunisia, southwest and south-central Europe and Asia Minor east through northwest Iran to southwest Siberia; and semenowi, which breeds in Iraq and Iran (except northwest) east to Kashmir and north to Turkmenistan, south Kazakhstan and northwest China (west Xinjiang). The European roller is a long-distance migrant, wintering in southern Africa in two distinct regions, from Senegal east to Cameroon and from Ethiopia west to Congo and south to South Africa.

It is a bird of warm, dry, open country with scattered trees, preferring lowland open countryside with patches of oak Quercus forest, mature pine Pinus woodland with heathery clearings, orchards, mixed farmland, river valleys, and plains with scattered thorny or leafy trees. It winters primarily in dry wooded savanna and bushy plains, where it typically nests in tree holes.
European Roller
Date Location Count
2021-02-19 04:55Okonjima Nature Reserve1
2021-02-09 16:00Lake Mburo NP--Entrance Road5
2021-01-29 09:00Maasai Mara NR--Talek Plains5
2021-02-07 15:00Lentorre Lodge5
2021-02-14 09:29Woodlands Stop-Over
2021-01-30 06:00South Luangwa NP--Mfuwe Lodge
2021-02-21 06:00Nairobi NP1
2021-02-25 07:40Tarangire NP--Tarangire Safari Lodge1
2021-02-26 08:00Magongo Hills11
2021-01-31 06:38Kgomo-Kgomo
2021-02-04 09:47Tsavo East NP--Voi Wildlife Lodge2
2021-02-05 07:30Zaagkuildrift Rd (Please be more specific; Do not log Kgomo-Kgomo birds here.)1
2021-02-04 13:06Tsavo East NP--Aruba Lodge and Dam3
2021-02-13 08:33Nylsvley Nature Reserve--Vogelfontein
2021-02-20 11:55De Wagendrift Road1
2021-02-14 06:14Mkhombo Nature Reserve1
2021-02-11 10:20Ramisi Sugar Dam1
2021-02-20 04:57Kruger NP--Bridge over Luvuvhu River1
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
2021-02-09 07:38Kruger NP--Klopperfontein Dam3
2021-02-21 10:21Kruger NP--Mphongolo Loop2
2021-02-21 05:11Kruger NP--Bateleur Bushveld Camp3
2021-02-22 06:38Kruger NP--H1-6/Shingwedzi-Mopani Road1
2021-02-21 13:17Kruger NP--Shingwedzi Camp1
2021-02-22 08:42Kruger NP-- Tropic of Capricorn Loop1
2021-02-17 12:31Kruger NP--Phalaborwa-Letaba Rd1
2021-02-22 10:15Kruger NP--Mopani-Letaba Rd/H1-61
2021-02-11 18:39Kruger NP--Letaba Camp1
2021-02-08 12:36Kruger NP--Orpen Rest Camp2
2021-02-26 06:58Manyeleti Game Reserve10
2021-02-09 07:57Kruger NP--Balule Camp5
2021-02-11 05:13Singita Ebony Lodge26
2021-02-10 05:15Mala-Mala Game Reserve2
2021-02-07 15:09Kruger NP--S41/Gudzani Rd1
2021-02-06 21:06Kruger NP--Skukuza Camp1
2021-02-07 10:22Kruger NP--Trichardt Rd8
2021-02-07 09:51Kruger NP--Tshokwane2
2021-02-07 05:52Kruger NP--Old Tshokwane Rd/S1283
2021-02-11 13:46Hlane Royal NP--Ndlovu Camp1
2021-02-07 16:09Mlawula Nature Reserve--Hyena Pool1
2021-01-31 07:20Hilton--Hilton Bush Lodge3
2021-02-10 07:55KaMsholo Bushveld Safaris (formerly Nisela Safaris)1
2021-02-12 00:00Pietermaritzburg--General area2
2021-02-14 08:47Tala Private GR1
2021-02-07 05:34Manyoni GR (please be more specific)51
2021-02-05 09:10Maputo Elephant Game Reserve
2021-02-23 05:00Phinda GR
2021-01-31 14:58Umlalazi NR2
2021-02-07 16:00Dunes de Dovela1