Lilac Breasted Roller: Nature’s Living Masterpiece

November 20, 2023
Lilac Breasted Roller in flight

The Lilac Breasted Roller is a living masterpiece of nature.

Whilst, on safari, this bird offers you a kaleidoscope of colours in the bush. Every time I see one, I am truly excited and feel such happiness inside.  They are incredibly beautiful! Colourful and very cheeky!  And that’s precisely, why I love these birds!

Actually, the Lilac Breasted Roller name is derived from the lilac-pink plumage on its breast. Without a doubt, just one of the many hues adorning its feathers. It’s like God was in an exceptional mood as he created this bird.

In all honesty, vivid shades of turquoise, electric blue, rich green, and deep violet are what make this medium size bird so breathless. Each feather is a stroke of nature’s brush, turning the roller into a flying work of art.

Without a doubt, its dazzling array of hues and captivating aerial acrobatics. Uniquely, this avian gem has captured the hearts of bird enthusiasts and wildlife lovers around the world. Indeed, these captivating birds are native to sub-Saharan Africa. You can find them in variety of habitats, including open woodlands, savannahs, and grasslands. Lilac Breasted Rollers are known for their adaptability, and their striking appearance.  Thankfully, their ability to thrive in diverse environments.

I adore this bird as it is loud and follows you on safari. When you see these birds fly you are spoilt with a flash of colour and character!

Lilac Breasted Roller in flight

Beyond its captivating appearance, I have seen this beautiful bird doing the most impressive aerial displays. With swift, acrobatic maneuvers. Twirling, diving, and somersaulting through the air. It’s extremely exciting and fascinating to watch!

This bird’s grub includes a variety of insects, small reptiles, and even small mammals. They have killer eyesight and are exceptionally agile making sure they catch their grub.  I have always wanted to perch myself in the perfect place where I can take photographs of this bird in action.  But often I am on a safari with other people that are chasing the Big Five.

I conclude, observing these birds in action. Is a testament to the beauty of nature’s design.   Finally, showing us that nature is something we should protect and learn from.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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