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.
Rollers nest communally in holes excavated in banks and cliffs, often alongside Bee-eaters or Sand Martins.
Rollers are named after their aerial acrobatics, especially their courtship displays.
They fly high.
They often hang out with the related Bee-eaters.