The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Lilac-breasted Roller

Afrikaans name: Gewone Troupant

The Lilac-breasted Roller is one of South Africa's most beautiful birds

Lilac-breasted Roller

Photo © Steven Herbert

Coracias caudatus

The Lilac-breasted Roller is one of the most beautiful birds found in South Africa. Unlike many of the other beautiful birds this one is very obliging and sits quietly on an exposed perch so you can admire it!

This Roller prefers more open habitats but it does need suitable perches from where it can hunt.

Lilac-breasted Roller at Renoster Pan in Kruger National Park

Photo © Steven Herbert

It eats a variety of foods including small rodents, insects, lizards, scorpions and others.

The Lilac-breasted Roller nests in a hole in a tree. It doesn't make the hole so it prefers natural holes. Between 2 and 4 eggs are laid.

Male and female have the same plumage.

References and further reading

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 124

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 172

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 169

The Sandton Field Guide - Author: Sandton Nature Conservation Society - Published: 1982 - Page: 52

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 264

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 42

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 385

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 256

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 388

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 295

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 280

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 220

Questions and Answers - Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Published: 1990 - Page: 7

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 254

Meeting with Birds - Author: Tom Spence - Published: 1986 - Page: 68

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 254

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 182

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 411

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 128

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 61

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 39

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 149

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 134

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 77

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 165

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Published: 1987 - Page: 96

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 101

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 101

African Wildlife - A photographic safari - Author: Nigel and Wendy Dennis - Published: 1999 - Page: 96

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 179

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