The Abyssinian Roller (Coracias abyssinicus) is a large colourful bird living in the Sahel zone across tropical Africa. The birds are relatively common in open savannah landscapes with few trees on which they perch and wait for prey. Nevertheless, they have also become adapted to farmland and other loosely habitated areas where they fearlessly protect their nests: they even dive down on the occasional human intruder! The rollers with prominent long tail feathers feed on insects and the occasional small rodent.
I took the photos in this post during a two-day trip through the Pendjari National Park, Benin, in February 2012. This nature reserve might not be as well known as the national parks of eastern and southern Africa, but it is a very beautiful place and home of a large array of wild animals.