Often thought as one of the most beautiful birds in the world, the Lilac-breasted roller is a real treat to see in person in our Tsavo Aviary.

In the wild these birds can be found throughout much of sub-Saharan Africa in suitable habitat. They don’t migrate, but will often explore the region in search of the best food sources. 

They can be found perching on high vantage points or at the very tops of trees, watching carefully for prey to approach.

When mating, the males’ courtship rituals involve gravity-defying acrobatic flight dives, loops and twists to impress their would-be mate.

You can spot these beautiful birds in our Tsavo Bird Aviary.

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Interesting facts

Where they live Sub-Saharan Africa
Habitat Open woodland or grassland
Diet Insects, rodents, amphibians, lizards
Height 30 cm long
Threats Loss of habitat and particularly nesting trees with cavities, which are often cut for fire wood can be an issue. Poaching for the pet trade may also  be a threat.

Species Information

Scientific name Coracias caudata
Order Coraciiformes
Family Coraciidae
Genus Coracias
IUCN status Least Concern
Roles in the zoo

Visitor experience

Exhibit Enhancement: This species connects visitors with the geographic areas that they originate from and helps develop further understanding of the environmental issues facing the species in those regions.