Habitat: Temperate, steppe and Mediterranean regions
Range: Europe, Morocco, Central Asia and Middle East
Natural Diet: Insects and spiders
Status in the Wild: Neat Threatened
Fun Animal Facts
The European roller is covered with light blue feather around
their heads, necks and abdomen. The outer edge of their wings have
blue wing feathers. They have black wing-tips. They are small stocky
birds that are approximately 11 to 12 inches in length. The European
Roller uses scent as a deterrent to predators. Chicks are known to
regurgitate a foul smelling secretion that predators avoid. Adult
birds are also known to regurgitate as a defensive mechanism.
Conservation: Birds are hunted for food which has resulted in a depletion in their population unmbers in the wild. The loss of their breeding sites due to conservation to agriculturan lands has also had a detrimental effect on their free-ranging populations.