Juvenile Broad-billed Roller
Caption: Juvenile Broad-billed Roller (Eurystomus glaucurus) perching on branch, Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana.
Camera: Canon EOS 50D; Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM; Focal length: 400mm; Shutter speed: 1/3200; Aperture: f/5.6; ISO: 400
The broad-billed roller is the smallest of the rollers found in southern Africa, and the only one with a yellow bill. The adult broad-billed roller has colorful cinnamon-brown underparts and lilac-purple below.
The juvenile bird also has a yellow bill but the breast and belly are a rather dull grayish blue.
The broad-billed roller is a fairly common resident, arriving in southern Africa towards the end of September or early October. However, it’s upstaged in the region by its more famous relative, the lilac-breasted roller (Coracias caudatus), which is sighted more often and is the favorite of many because of its spectacular coloring (below).
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