Monday, March 31, 2014

Broad-billed Roller

Broad-billed Roller Eurystomus glaucurus
Bishangari, Ethiopia
21 January 2014

    This was our only sighting of this small, compact roller. A pair was perched near the top of a solitary tall tree, a behaviour typical of this species. In Ethiopia they tend to frequent thick savannah woodland and open plains with scattered trees. 

Male

Male left, female right

Preening

11 comments:

  1. Brilliant David, the Broad-billed Roller is fine bird in Ethiopia.

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  2. Lubię takie nieduże ptaszki:)

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  3. Although not quite as flamboyant as other Roller species, it's a super-looking bird. It does look rather compact and powerful for its size. Great captures all, but the middle image conveys the setting superbly!

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  4. I really like these birds.. So cute..

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  5. Hello David,
    Just one more comment, then I take a time out again.

    Beautiful bird photos.
    Well photographed.

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  6. Habits like our European Roller then - equally hard to get close to but yor pictures of broad-billed are much better than European mine from Menorca. Rollers are very rare in the UK, only overshoots in Spring.

    Like the idea of a swap, I'll send a few Northern Wheatears your way soon and expect a Cardinal or two in the autumn. You can keep the Blue Jays, I'll settle for a blue Cerulean Warbler though.

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    1. As for Cerulean Warblers - me too! They are getting harder and harder to find.

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  7. Gorgeous bird from the Roller family, one of my favorites!
    All these posts really makes me wish to go north of Africa and discover these marvels for myself!
    Congrats, David!

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  8. This is also a very special bird I've never seen. Nice to meet them :-)

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  9. Great pictures, the conditions were very good, the weather was beautiful :)

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