Caught by the River

Matt’s Bird of the Week

Matt Sewell | 7th September 2019

European roller (Coracias garrulus) by Matt Sewell

This cyan stunner is a migrant that summers in southern Europe and the Middle East and winters in Africa. This means that keen bird-spotters from many countries will be able to experience the roller’s lovely colours and impressive flight displays as it twists and turns in the air. Although you might want to steer clear of the chicks – they can vomit a foul-smelling liquid over themselves to keep predators at bay.

Length: 29-32cm

Where to find me: southern Europe, Middle East (summer); Africa (winter)


Taken from Matt’s new book Atlas of Amazing Birds, published by Pavilion and available to buy here, priced £16.99.