Lilac-breasted Roller
Lilac-breasted Roller in Botswana
Lilac-breasted Roller, Coracias caudatus caudatus in Botswana.
Lilac-throated Roller, Coracias caudatus lorti art.
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Clade: Afroaves
Clade: Picocoraciae
Clade: Picodynastornithes
Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Coraciidae
Genus: Coracias
Species: C. caudatus
Binomial name
Coracias caudatus
Linnaeus, 1766
  • Lilac-throated Roller, C. c. lorti Shelley, 1885
  • Lilac-breasted Roller, C. c. caudatus Linnaeus, 1766

Coracias caudata Linnaeus, 1766 (lapsus)

Lilac-breasted Roller in Kruger National Park

Lilac-breasted Roller in Kruger National Park

Lilac-breasted Roller, Coracias caudatus is a species of roller in the Coraciidae family. It forms a species group with the Abyssinian Roller and the European Roller, though probably more closely allied to former.[2]

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Other common names Fork-tailed Roller, Lilac breasted Roller, Lilacbreasted Roller, Lilac-throated Roller, Mosilikatze's Roller
French Rollier à longs brins
German Gabelracke, Gabel-Racke
Spanish Carraca de Pecho Violeta, Carraca Lila


The Lilac-breasted Roller is a lightweight roller, with a length of 28–30 cm (11–12 in) and a streamered tail, up to 8 cm (3.1 in) more, and a weight of 87–135 g (3.1–4.8 oz).[2]

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Feeds upon arthropodsFarm-Fresh photo and small vertebrates, including: crickets, beetles, butterflies, moths, hairy caterpillars, ants, scorpionsFarm-Fresh photo, centipedes, spiders, snails, frogsFarm-Fresh photo, lizards and small birds.[2]





  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Coracias caudatus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Fry, H. & Kirwan, G.M. (2012). Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2012). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 19 April 2015).

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