Data for:
World
List:
Coraciiformes > Coraciidae

Rufous-crowned Roller

Coracias naevius

Sign in to see your badges

Identification

POWERED BY MERLIN

A bulky roller that is mostly dull purple-cinnamon in color; it is flecked with many fine white streaks and has a bold white eyebrow. It exposes colorful blue wings and tail while performing an acrobatic rolling flight display. Singles and pairs sit conspicuously in open savanna, preferring thornveld and drier woodlands. It perches on exposed snags and swoops to the ground to hunt large invertebrates and small vertebrates. A partial resident, it also enganges in complicated seasonal movements in parts of its range. The similarly-plumaged Broad-billed Roller is smaller, has a bright yellow (not dark) bill, and prefers moister habitats.

POWERED BY MERLIN

Statistics

Sign in to see your stats

Weekly Bar Chart

Choose a region to view Weekly Bar Chart

Range Map

Large map

Media

Top video

View all
Rufous-crowned Roller

Birds of the World

Birds of the World logo

Comprehensive life histories for all bird species and families.

Explore Rufous-crowned Roller