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Location: Kgalagadi Transfrontier park, South Africa (1,200 km's NW of Cape Town) in Dec. 2004
Coracias caudatus

Coracias caudata


14.5 inches. Green head, greenish yellow legs. The beak is strong, arched and hooked-tipped. Brown back, shoulder of the wing, outer webs of flight feathers and rump are violet. Outer tail feathers are elongated and blackish. The chin is white, shading to rich lilac of the breast. The underparts are green blue. The bill is black and the eyes are brown.


Sub-Saharan Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula.


Coracias caudatus has two subspecies:[1]

  • C. c. caudatus
  • C. c. lorti: has less lilac on the breast than caudatus


Open woodland and savanna.


Nesting takes place in a natural hole in a tree where a clutch of 2-4 eggs is laid, and incubated by both parents.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.

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