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Blue-bellied Roller - BirdForum Opus

Photo by micha62
Gambia, 2007
Coracias cyanogaster


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


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


This is a monotypic species[1].


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.



Older youngsters assisting in the rearing of younger siblings


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


Call: harsh ga-ga-ga.


  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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