European Roller Coracias garrulus

European Roller
European Roller
The beautiful European Roller, with turquoise plumage splashed with lilac, comes from southern Europe, north Africa, Middle East and Central Asia, wintering in sub-Saharan Africa. Accomplished flyers, the Roller group of birds are named after the aerial rolls and swoops they make in courtship. Male and female have similar plumage.
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European Roller
European Roller
European Roller
European Roller
European Roller
European Roller
European Roller
Rollers nest communally in holes excavated in banks and cliffs, often alongside Bee-eaters or Sand Martins.
European Roller
European Roller
European Roller
European Roller
European Roller
European Roller
Rollers are named after their aerial acrobatics, especially their courtship displays.
European Roller
They fly high.
European Roller
European Roller
They often hang out with the related Bee-eaters.