Coracias garrulus (Linnaeus, 1758) ROLLE 8410
Family: Coraciiformes > Coraciidae

Roller, John Harding

This colourful bird of open habitats is a rare visitor to Britain & Ireland, with most records coming from late spring and early summer.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
663 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
663 records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.

Roller breeding distribution 2008-11
Britain and Ireland Breeding Distribution 2008-2011.
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Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


Roller is a rare vagrant with sporadic records in spring, summer and autumn.

Weekly occurence of Roller from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Roller, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


Sample sizes are too small to report Biometrics for this species.

Feather measurements and photos on featherbase


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Gaelic: Cuairsgean
Welsh: Rholydd
Catalan: gaig blau comú
Czech: mandelík hajní
Danish: Ellekrage
Dutch: Scharrelaar
Estonian: siniraag
Finnish: sininärhi
French: Rollier d’Europe
German: Blauracke
Hungarian: szalakóta
Icelandic: Bláhrani
Irish: Rollóir
Italian: Ghiandaia marina
Latvian: zala varna, zila varna
Lithuanian: europinis žalvarnis
Norwegian: Blåråke
Polish: kraska (zwyczajna)
Portuguese: rolieiro
Slovak: krakla belasá
Slovenian: zlatovranka
Spanish: Carraca europea
Swedish: blåkråka

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