Order Coraciiformes

Family Coraciidae

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  • Medium-sized, brightly coloured birds with short, hook-tipped bill, short legs, medium-length wings, and sometimes long tail-streamers.
  • Old World.
  • Open woodland, savanna woodland, forest edge, some species in lowland rainforest or at its margins; in warm climes.
  • 25-40 cm.
  • 2 genera, 13 species, 31 taxa.
  • 1 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Fry, H. (2001). Rollers (Coraciidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2014). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/52275 on 28 November 2015).