The Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus) is another member of the roller family. It occurs in southern and eastern Africa and is quite similar to the Abyssinian Roller (Coracias abyssinicus), however, the ranges of both species overlap only in a small zone in Ethiopia. In addition, the violet patch on the breast of the bird is a distinct difference to the blue coat of the Abyssinian Roller.
The Lilac-breasted Roller is a very common bird and can often be seen perching on top of trees. Due to its colourful feathers and its abundance throughout its range, it became the national bird of Botswana and Kenya. I took the photographs in this post during a visit to the Etosha National Park, Namibia, in February 2007.