Blue-bellied roller in exhibit

Blue-bellied Roller

Scientific Name

Coracias cyanogaster






Western and Central Africa


Wooded savannas and forest edges

Estimated Wild Population

Blue-bellied roller in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern

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Physical Description

Named for their colorful blue stomach, blue-bellied rollers have cream-colored heads and chests; darker blue wings; and a vibrant, slightly forked tail. They can reach 12 inches in length and average five ounces in weight. These striking birds feed primarily on large insects. Breeding typically occur from April to July, with females laying two to three eggs.

Interesting Fact 1

Blue-bellied rollers were partially named for their intricate, tumbling courtship displays.

Interesting Fact 2

These brave, pigeon-sized birds will venture to the boundaries of wildfires to capture insects fleeing the flames.

Interesting Fact 3

They use a unique hunting tactic: dive-bombing prey from a perch dozens of feet in the air.

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