Abyssinian Roller Coracias abyssinicus
Abyssinian Roller, Ghana, June 2011 - click for larger image

Ghana
June 2011

The Abyssinian Roller is distributed in Africa south of the Sahara from Senegal to eastern Ethiopia and across the Red Sea into south-west Saudi Arabia. Some birds move a short distance south into woodland during the non-breeding season. For a distribution map see Birdlife International.

Abyssinian Roller, Ghana, June 2011 - click for larger image It is found in various dry, wooded habitats where it eats large insects such as crickets, beetles and grasshoppers. From a perch, it looks for its prey and then glides down to the ground to pounce on it.

It is fairly similar in colouring to a European Roller C. garrulus but has very long outer tail feathers. Photo 3 shows a juvenile

Abyssinian Roller, Ghana, June 2011 - click for larger image Its call is a harsh scold.

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