Broad-billed Roller | Eurystomus glaucurus
The Broad-billed Roller is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Coraciidae bird family group which includes birds such as Typical Rollers.
The description for the Broad-billed Roller (Latin name Eurystomus glaucurus) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Eurystomus glaucurus can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 450 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 172. You will find a picture of the Broad-billed Roller on page 192.
NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.
There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Broad-billed Roller between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition
The Broad-billed Roller is known in Afrikaans as Geelbektroupant.
The Broad-billed Roller has a height of 30 cms and weighs around 105 gms. The head is coloured cinnamon while the bill is coloured yellow. The Eurystomus glaucurus has a lilac coloured throat, green legs and a cinnamon coloured back. The eyes are brown.
Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.
Head is cinnamon
Eyes are brown
Bill is yellow
Legs are green
Throat is lilac
Back is cinnamon
Feeding Habits ...
The Eurystomus glaucurus attacks its prey aerially and feeds on wing or takes the prey to a secluded venue where it is killed, torn into small pieces and eaten
This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten .
Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...
The Broad-billed Roller is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 2 to 4 eggs and they are coloured white.
The bird builds its nest within a tree cavity just a few meters above the ground. The hole in the tree is normally reused in the next nesting season.
This bird is very common in most of the Southern African Forests
Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...
The Broad-billed Roller is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.
It is also seen in flocks
The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."
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