Racket-tailed Roller

Coracias caudatis

This special roller is an uncommon resident and nomad in tall woodland, especially miombo. Its diagnostic tail, blue breast and brown cap distinguish it from the 5 other roller species found in southern Africa.

I first encountered it in July 2012 while on a guided bird outing near Shamvura in Northern Namibia.


Racket-tailed Roller / Shamvura, Northern Namibia Racket-tailed Roller / Coutada 12, Mozambique / 16 October 2015 Racket-tailed Roller / Shamvura, Northern Namibia / 20 July 2013 Racket-tailed Roller / Coutada 12, Mozambique / 16 October 2015 Racket-tailed Roller / Coutada 12, Mozambique / 16 October 2015 Racket-tailed Roller / Shamvura, Northern Namibia Racket-tailed Roller / Shamvura, Northern Namibia
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