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Lilac-breasted roller

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Lilac-breasted rollers (Coracias caudatus) are found mainly in singly or in pairs in a range of dry woodland savannah including Acacia and mopane. They avoid rocky regions and are common on a number of soil types. A typical observation would find them on wide, grassy verges and areas that have been cleared to construct utility lines. Bateleurs, Wahlberg's eagle, Peregrine and red-necked falcons are their main predators.

Distribution: Absent from the south of Namibia and the Namib Desert, but common in their range of well-wooded habitats, especially in the northern areas, of the country such as Etosha National Park, Epupa Falls, Rundu, Caprivi, Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve.

Diet: Locusts, mantids, beetles, moths, butterflies, caterpillars, snails, lizards, small snakes, frogs, rodents and birds.

Description: Predominately blue in colour with hook-lipped bills that are long and black in colour. Caudatus is Latin for 'with a tail'. Throat and breast lilac, hence the name. Often confused with racket-tailed rollers which have thicker tail streamers. European and purple rollers have heavier heads and bills.

Breeding: Nests are made in tree cavities or branches, sometimes modified, but always fiercely defended against intruders even after breeding. Females lay between 2 and 4 eggs with an incubation period of around 17 to 24 days.

Size: 28cm. Tail streamers project a further 82mm in males. Weight: 105g.

African Odyssey

23 Days - Visits everything between the Fish River Canyon (in the south) to the Zambezi Region (in the north) and still has time to head via the Okavango Delta to Victoria Falls. Ideal for the first time visitor wanting to pack as much into their trip as possible

Combination Safari

19 Days - a good choice for those wishing to experience the best parts of Namibia & Botswana. For good measure a visit to the Okavango Delta & Victoria Falls is also include. Departs from Windhoek & ends either at Vic Falls or back in Windhoek

Itenga Wildlife Mobile Safari

15 Days - Our 'mobile safaris' offer a slightly more comfortable camping experience than the other itineraries on these pages. Alternating departures run between Windhoek & Victoria Falls visiting Chobe National Park, Etosha Park, a himba village, the coastal town of Swakopmund and the Sossusvlei sand dunes.

Namibian Experience Safari

14 Days - When we first designed a Namibian trip this was the itinerary, it still works brilliantly and is our most popular safari. Runs from Windhoek to Windhoek and includes all the major tourist attractions

Essence of Namibia Mobile Safari

12 Days - This mobile safari takes in the most popular attractions. Including the Waterberg Plateau, Etosha National Park, Kaokoland (and a visit to a Himba settlement) the Skeleton Coast & Sossusvlei

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