Rollers

12 species

The rollers are a family of Old World birds that gained their name because of the aerial acrobatics some of these birds perform during courtship or territorial flights. Rollers resemble crows in size and build, and share the colorful appearance of kingfishers and bee-eaters. They are mainly insect eaters, with some species taking their prey on the wing, and others diving from a perch to catch food items from on the ground. Rollers are monogamous and nest in an unlined hole in a tree or in masonry, and lay 2-4 eggs in the tropics, 3-6 at higher latitudes. The eggs hatch after 17-20 days, and the young remain in the nest for approximately another 30 days.
The rollers are a family of Old World birds that gained their name because of the aerial acrobatics some of these birds perform during courtship or territorial flights. Rollers resemble crows in size and build, and share the colorful appearance of kingfishers and bee-eaters. They are mainly insect eaters, with some species taking their prey on the wing, and others diving from a perch to catch food items from on the ground. Rollers are monogamous and nest in an unlined hole in a tree or in masonry, and lay 2-4 eggs in the tropics, 3-6 at higher latitudes. The eggs hatch after 17-20 days, and the young remain in the nest for approximately another 30 days.