The Rufous-crowned Rollers (Coracias Coracias naevius / naevia) - also known as Purple Rollers - are members of the Roller family.
Species and Ranges
Lilac-throated Roller, Rufous-crowned Roller or Rufous-crowned Roller (Coracias naevius naevius, Daudin, 1800) - Nominate form
Range: Senegal east to Somalia, and south to northern Tanzania.
Purple Roller, Rufous-crowned Roller or Rufous-crowned Roller (mosambicus) (Coracias naevius mosambicus, Dresser, 1890)
Range: Angola and Namibia east to Zambia, south to Mozambique and northeastern South Africa (northern Natal).
Habitat: Mostly associated with dry open brush and wooded areas.
They feed on lizards and invertebrates (inluding insects), and may also eat small birds.
Species Research by Sibylle Johnson
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