This Little Beauty…


The Lilac breasted Roller is  widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula, preferring open woodland and savanna, but 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 defense 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.

Rollers get their name from their impressive courtship flight, a fast, shallow dive from considerable elevation with a rolling or fast rocking motion, accompanied by loud raucous calls.

This little sweetie was sitting on a branch about 200 meters from the road.

We stopped, took aim, and captured its beauty. The colors are all natural. You might think I’ve enhanced the colors, but no, the Lilac breasted Roller always makes a statement!

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