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Lilac-breasted Roller | by Tris Enticknap
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Lilac-breasted Roller

Ruaha National Park, Tanzania

 

These are the last of my bird shots from this recent trip and I'm going to start by indulging myself with three shots of one of the most beautiful birds I've ever seen - each showing the wonderful plumage from different angles :)

 

The Lilac-breasted Roller lives in grassland habitats that border trees and shrubs, as the birds use higher perches for feeding and nesting. It perches conspicuously at the tops of trees, poles or other high vantage points from where it can spot insects, lizards, scorpions, snails, small birds and rodents moving about at ground level.

 

Nesting takes place in a natural hole in a tree where a clutch of 2–4 eggs is laid and incubated by both parents, who are extremely aggressive in defence of their nest, taking on raptors and other birds. During the breeding season the male will rise to great heights, descending in swoops and dives, while uttering harsh, discordant cries. (with thanks to wikipedia)

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Taken on March 2, 2016