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european roller

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: European roller birds (Coracias garrulus) are short and stocky. The Latin word garrilus means chattering and babbling. They can be observed perching on dead branches, utility poles or lines in open broad-leafed Acacia woodlands with clearings of grass.

Distribution: Northern and central Namibia especially Etosha National Park and the Caprivi.

Diet: Uses a sit-and wait technique often catching flying insects. Eats mostly beetles, grasshoppers, locust, crickets, butterflies, wasps and bees.

Description: Bright pale blue to greenish-blue heads, a black bill, brown eyes and yellowish-brown legs and feet. Often confused with purple and broad-billed rollers. Vocal in migratory flocks.

Breeding: European rollers are non-breeding visitors to Namibia.

Size: 31cm. Weight: 130g.

Fish River Lodge Hikes

5, 3 or 2 Days - hiking trails in the Fish River Canyon. Hikers carry a day pack and additional luggage is transported to the overnight stops

Mundulea Walking Trails

3 or 4 Days - Absolutely brilliant! One of the best experiences in Namibia

Tok Tokkie Hiking Trail

3 Days - Excellent guided walking trail on the NamibRand private reserve (near Sossusvlei)

Namib Mountain Trail

A day hike between two lodges on the very edge of the Namib Desert

Rostock Ritz Hiking

The Rostock Ritz Lodge north of Sossusvlei (en-route to Swakopmund) has a variety of guided and un-guided hikes ranging in duration from an hour to an entire day

Tsondab Valley Scenic Reserve Hiking

A lodge on the edge of the Namib Desert which offers exceptional hiking & walking

Namibia Tours