Alternative name: Purple Roller
- Coracias naevius
Coracias naevia, Coracias noevius
35–40 cm (13¾ in)
- Pinkish-rufous crown and nape
- White supercilium
- Olive-green back
Western Africa: Mauritania, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Zaire
Eastern Africa: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana
Coracias naevius has two subspecies:
- C. n. naevius:
- C. n. mosambicus:
Dry thornveld, open savanna with large well spaced trees, rocky hillsides.
Their diet consists of both large and small insects such as locusts, spiders, beetles, ants, scorpions and small lizards.
They build their nests in trees or old woodpecker holes. The clutch consists of 3 white eggs; the young are fed by both parents.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2016)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Rufous-crowned Roller. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 14 April 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Rufous-crowned_Roller