European roller


European roller is crow sized colourful bird. It is the only bird in roller family which breeds in Europe.

How does the bird appear…

It is stocky, colourful bird. It has light blue head, neck and underparts. Upperparts are brownish-orange. A short, thin black stripe runs through the eye. The tail is greenish-blue with a darker base. Wings are azure blue with black wing-tips.

Habitat: Where to find this bird?

It prefers warmer regions. It is found at open country with scattered trees.


It feeds mainly on invertebrates but also takes frogs, lizards, small birds etc.

Breeding & Nesting

It is monogamous. It breeds from May to June. It nests in tree hole, on building, on cliff or on river bank. Incubation period is of 17-19 days and eggs are incubated primarily by female. Hatchlings are naked and blind but develop quickly and fledge after 25-30 days.

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