Lilac Breasted Roller in Chobe National Park

We started our visit to Botswana with an afternoon safari in Chobe National Park. The wildlife, vegetation and the landscape are truly unique.

One of the first birds seen in the park was the Lilac-Breasted Roller.

The Lilac-breasted Roller prefers to reside in open woodland and savanna. Usually found alone or in pairs, it perches at the tops of trees, poles or other high vantage points from where it can spot insects, lizards, scorpions, snails, small birds and rodents moving about at ground level.

The sexes are alike in coloration but juveniles do not have the long tail feathers that adults do.

The photo of the roller shown above was taken just after we entered Chobe National Park from the western entrance near the Namibia border.

This species is the national bird of Botswana.

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