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Lilac-breasted Roller

Sabi Sand, Kruger National Park South Africa

This beautiful bird is largely absent from treeless places. Usually found alone or in pairs, 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 24 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. The sexes are alike in coloration. Juveniles do not have the long tail feathers that adults do.

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  • Copyright: Fulya Pirim (FlyPrm) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 23 W: 0 N: 54] (391)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2010-09-12
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/8
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2011-06-09 3:33
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