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Blue-bellied Roller - BirdForum Opus

Photo by micha62
Gambia, 2007
Coracias cyanogaster

Identification

28-30 cm

  • Dark green back
  • White head, neck and breast
  • Blue belly, tail and wings

Adults have 6cm tail streamers
Sexes similar
Juvenile: less brightly coloured than the adult

Distribution

Africa
Western Africa: Senegambia, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
Eastern Africa: extreme southern Sudan

Photo by Steve G
The Gambia, West Africa, March 2005

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Habitat

Moist savanna woodland (particularly oil palms) and coastal scrub.

The moist Guinea savanna woodlands that these birds inhabit are being replaced by much drier Sahel Savanna which is more suited to their equally attractive cousin the Abyssinian Roller. Fortunately Blue-bellied Rollers are still very common in the Western Division of the Gambia.

Behaviour

Breeding

Older youngsters assisting in the rearing of younger siblings

Diet

The diet includes grasshoppers, other large insects and small reptiles.

Vocalisation

Call: harsh ga-ga-ga.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase
  3. Oakland Zoo
  4. BF Member observations

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