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Lilac Breasted Roller

Lilac Breasted Roller
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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5200, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, 95mm UV Filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds Of South Africa - Part 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2019-11-17 10:34
Viewed: 290
Points: 8
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Lilac Breasted Roller Facts (Coracias caudatus)

I have captured this picture of Lilac-breasted Roller at Kruger National Park, during our visit in December 2018. Light was in my favour but bit strong, so I reduced exposure before clicking.

The lilac-breasted roller could have just as easily been called the “rainbow roller.” They have around 8 colors; green, white, black, yellow, turquoise, dark blue, reddish brown, and of course lilac. That is one colorful bird!

Rollers, in general, owe their common name to their mating display, which consists of a lot of dives and swoops accompanied by loud and harsh cries.

During a mating flight, a lilac-breasted roller will fly upwards for about ten meters (33 feet) and then swoop down with wings closed.

In another aerial stunt, the lilac-breasted roller will roll from side to side while flying very fast. If the aerial courtship is successful, the two birds will mate in the air.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2019-11-17 12:56]

Hi Srikumar,excellent light so...a great result! Magnificent capture of this colorful roller,perfect pose and bright colors,just a pity for the blurred branch in front,but this is an unlucky thing like some backgrounds of my butterflies,well done! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Hi Srikumar,

Very colorful bird in proper habitat.


A very beautiful photo of nature also 3 dimensions the colours are stunning well done SRIKUMAR BALIAL

Hi Srikumar,
Beautiful "rainbow bird" in great contrast against the blue sky and the busy greenery. Nice sunny colors and an outstanding composition. Great work!
Kind regards, László

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