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European Roller
Coracius garrulus

Habitat: Temperate, steppe and Mediterranean regions

Range: Europe, Morocco, Central Asia and Middle East

Natural Diet: Insects and spiders

Status in the Wild: Least Concern (Common)


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.



The European roller's light blue feathers look stunning when they are in flight


Distributional range