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Blue-Bellied Roller Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Coracias cyanogaster
  • Class

  • Order

  • Range

    Native to western and central Africa

  • Status

    Blue-bellied rollers are considered a species of least concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

  • Habitat

    Wooded savannas and forest edges

  • Niche

    This striking species feeds primarily on large insects. They’re known to dive to the forest floor in pursuit of prey. They’ll also travel to the boundaries of fires to capture insects fleeing the flames.

  • Life History

    Males establish breeding territories to try to attract females. Breeding displays include loud calls and tumbling flights through the air (the “rolling” that gives the species its name).

    Breeding occurs from April to July, with the female typically laying two–three eggs. Parents share the responsibility of incubating eggs and feeding hatchlings until juveniles become independent, typically 40 days after the hatch.


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