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European Roller

(Coracias garrulus)
Alternate name(s): "Eurasian Roller", "Roller"
Size: 29-32 cm; wing span 52-58 cm
Weight: 125-160 g

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Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See European Roller at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "semenowi"

This race is also called the "Eastern European Roller" or the "Kashmir Roller".

ADULT

Sex unknown

Distant, near-frontal view of an European Roller; note the turquoise overall appearance, which is different from that of an Indian Roller
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Dorsal view of an European Roller
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Dorsal view of an European Roller, slightly different posture...
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

European Roller in flight
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Race "garrulus"

This race is also called the "Western European Roller".

Photos of European Rollers, nominate race "garrulus", are shownHERE.

Food, Diet

Like all other members of the roller family, European Rollers feed on large insects that they catch in flight or take from the ground and on small reptiles that they take from the ground.

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