- Coracias abyssinica
28-30 cm: Tail streamers 12cm
- Brown back
- Turquoise body
- Blue shoulders
- Dark bill and iris
- Legs and feet are horn-coloured
Sexes are similar
Juvenile is a duller version of the adult and lacks the tail streamers
Acacia scub, dry savannah woodland and bushy grassland. Has also adapted to farmland and human habitation.
Performs aerial displays of diving, loop the loops & "rolling".
The diet includes large insects.
It nests in a scantily lined hole in a tree or building, and lays 3-6 eggs.
The call is a gak sound, or a screeched aaaargh.
- 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.
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Abyssinian Roller. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 13 May 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Abyssinian_Roller