- Coracias cyanogaster
- Dark green back
- White head, neck and breast
- Blue belly, tail and wings
Adults have 6cm tail streamers
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
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.
- 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.
- Oakland Zoo
- BF Member observations
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Blue-bellied Roller. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 13 April 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Blue-bellied_Roller