JungleDragon is a nature and wildlife community for photographers, travellers and anyone who loves nature. We're genuine, free, ad-free and beautiful.


Lilac-breasted Roller - Colorful Beauty This is one of the best photographs I ever took, with a near full moon shining from behind the bird.  These beauties has 42 different recognized colors in its plumage, rendering it one of the most colorful birds in the world.   Coracias caudatus,Geotagged,Lilac-breasted Roller,Namibia,beautiful,color,colorful,icon,inspire,magnificent,pose,super Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

Lilac-breasted Roller - Colorful Beauty

This is one of the best photographs I ever took, with a near full moon shining from behind the bird. These beauties has 42 different recognized colors in its plumage, rendering it one of the most colorful birds in the world.

    comments (24)

  1. I can only agree that it is one of your top shots, it is so elegant, colorful and balanced. A work of art, really. Posted 8 years ago
    1. Ferdy, thank you very much for the great compliment and I am very pleased that you like it. These birds are really photogenic and it is a pleasure to photograph them (although this specific shot is again not really in crisp focus ... he moved his head up just as I took the shot).

      I must say, after reading some of the comments / discussions entered into a member who posted a PP Osprey (Fleck), I can only but admire your passion and dedication to this site. You made the right call. And for what its worth, I support the decision you made to ban this member. It seems you look and comment on every single picture submitted to this site ... an enormous job and responsibility. Great Job. Keep it up, and know that there is a lot of people out there that support and admire you. Thank you.
      Posted 8 years ago
      1. Thank you so much for the kind words. I'm glad you support the decision, we can now move on in more positive ways. Yes, building and running JungleDragon is a large task on top of a day job, but luckily I am getting great help from the community itself, which includes 7 moderator volunteers.

        By the way, did you check your own photo in fullscreen mode yet? With the blue background (which is dynamically calculated), it becomes even better :)

        Posted 8 years ago
  2. This is possibly the most beautiful wildlife photo I've seen. Absolutely exquisite! Posted 8 years ago
    1. Oh my gosh, you just made my year (although it just started). Thank you very much for your super words. They are, without a doubt, greatly appreciated. Posted 8 years ago
  3. The previous comments have left nothing new for me to say! This is truly a beauty of a photograph. Composed beautifuly and a unique subject. A work of true art, as Ferdy said. Posted 8 years ago
    1. My goodness, what a wonderful compliment. Thank you so very much ... it drives one to keep on taking more photographs. Greatly appreciated. Posted 8 years ago
  4. Great Shot indeed. Deserves applauds. Best viewed in Big screen. Colorful, sharp and simply superb. Posted 8 years ago
    1. Thank you very much. My heart is very happy receiving all these wonderful compliments. Fantastic and Thank you. Posted 8 years ago
  5. supreme!!! Posted 8 years ago
    1. Thanks a lot, what a great comment. Posted 8 years ago
  6. Selected as winner for the January 2015 contest:

    Posted 8 years ago
    1. Definitely a worthy winner! Congratulations! :) Posted 8 years ago
      1. Thanks a lot John ... and the same to you. Congratulations to you too. Posted 8 years ago
    2. Wow! Truly a winner in every way! Congratulations! Posted 8 years ago
      1. You are very kind ... thanks a lot for a wonderful comment ... very flattered. Posted 8 years ago
  7. Great shot with a wonderful pose of the bird.
    Love the light spot behind the bird very well.
    Just like he's standing in the spotlights :)
    Posted 8 years ago
    1. Thank you very much Wendy, and so sorry for the very late reply. Was out for a while. Your generous words are greatly appreciated. Posted 7 years ago
  8. Every time I see this image I can't help but think how unbelievably iconic it is in its simplicity. Its a truly magnificent shot. Posted 7 years ago
    1. Thank you very much ... it means a lot to me. I must say, my favorite shots are minimalism or simplistic. Nothing to distract one from the main subject. Thanks again for the kind words. Posted 7 years ago
  9. Awesome composition and timing!! amazing Posted 7 years ago
  10. Beautiful image!!
    Well deserved :)
    Posted 7 years ago
  11. From today's JungleDragon Facebook post:

    "This breathtaking bird is the Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus), which inhabits grasslands and woodlands in eastern and southern Africa. Resembling artwork created by a great Impressionist painter, the Lilac-breasted Roller is certainly one of nature's show offs! It has a remarkable combination of colors, including a lilac throat and breast that contrast with a striking blue belly. Its white forehead, green cap, and cinnamon-colored back with royal blue and black tail feathers make this stunning bird one of the most colorful species in Africa.

    The "roller" moniker comes from the male's impressive, acrobatic courtship flight where he flies to a high elevation, then plunges in a fast, rolling dive while letting out loud calls, and then finally lands near a female. Once the male lands, he continues his display by rocking his body, almost like a belly dancer, which is sure to impress any female who was having doubts concerning his viability as a mate! {Spotted in Namibia by JungleDragon user, Living Wild} #JungleDragon"

    Posted 4 years ago
  12. Today's Facebook post:
    Alas, today is our last day celebrating birds and our bird-loving users. But, we’re ending this celebration with a bang! JungleDragon user, Living Wild, manages a private game reserve in Namibia. He is the kind of person who truly cherishes nature and wildlife. Living Wild has many incredible bird photos, in addition to other wildlife photos that perfectly capture the magnificence of nature. We encourage you to check out his profile and see if your heart doesn’t swell a bit from the beauty that Living Wild has captured. Thank you for your amazing contributions, Living Wild!

    Living Wild’s profile: https://www.jungledragon.com/user/2011/popular

    JungleDragon’s birds: https://www.jungledragon.com/…/photos/animalia/chordata/aves
    Posted 2 years ago

Sign in or Join in order to comment.

The lilac-breasted roller is an African bird of the roller family, Coraciidae. It is widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa, and is a vagrant to the southern Arabian Peninsula. It prefers open woodland and savanna, and it is for the most part absent from treeless places.

Species identified by Living Wild
View Living Wild's profile

By Living Wild

All rights reserved
Uploaded Jan 6, 2015. Captured Jun 12, 2014 10:13 in D2874, Namibia.
  • Canon EOS REBEL T2i
  • f/9.0
  • 1/197s
  • ISO100
  • 500mm