Scientific Name: Coracias garrulus Common Name: European Roller Other Name: Blue roller, Common roller, Eurasian roller, or simply roller
Identifying Features: blue body, orange-brown back, brilliant blue contrasting with black flight feathers, dark patch around eye.
- There are two subspecies recognised, one of which is named ‘Kashmir roller’.
- The European roller chick will vomit a foul-smelling orange liquid onto itself to deter a predator. The smell also warns the parents on their return to the nest.
This image was clicked by Paul Cools – via Flickr.
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