Lilac-Breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus)

The Lilac-Breasted Roller, scientifically known as Coracias caudatus, is one of the most vibrant and colorful birds found across the Sub-Saharan Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula. This avian species is most well-known for its breathtaking plumage, showcasing a dazzling array of colors. It has a lilac-colored breast, as its name suggests, along with a turquoise belly and wings that display hues of blue, green, and brown. The long tail feathers, often with black, blue and white tips, add an extra dash of elegance to its appearance. The Lilac-Breasted Roller feeds on a diet of insects, small birds, rodents, and occasionally reptiles. Despite its stunning appearance, it’s a fierce defender of its territory, and is known to be unafraid of diving towards larger predators when threatened. These birds also exhibit a unique flying pattern during their mating rituals, involving fast, shallow dives from considerable heights, which gave them their ‘roller’ moniker. The Lilac-Breasted Roller, with its striking beauty and distinct behaviours, is indeed a spectacle of the African wilderness.