Broad-billed Roller

Eurystomus glaucurus

Broad-billed Roller, Eurystomus glaucurus, photo © by Michael Plagens.

Near Gatamaiyo Forest, Nakuru County, Kenya. Oct. 2016.

From Wikipedia: The bird is 29–30 cm in length and is also known as the Cinnamon Roller. It has a warm back and head, lilac foreneck and breast, with the rest of the plumage mainly brown. The broad bill is bright yellow. Sexes are similar, but the juvenile is a drabber version of the adult, with a pale breast. Cinnamon roller is striking in its strong direct flight, with the brilliant blues of the wings and tail contrasting with the brown back. This is a species of open woodland with some tall trees, preferably near water. These rollers often perch prominently on trees, posts or overhead wires, like giant shrikes.

Coraciidae -- Roller Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

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