- Eurystomus glaucurus
- Brown back and head
- Lilac foreneck and breast
- Pink-brown underparts
- Blue in wings
- Bright yellow broad bill
Juvenile: drabber; pale breast
Western Africa: Senegambia, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, DRC, Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, eSwatini
African Islands: Madagascar
Eurystomus glaucurus has four subspecies:
- E. g. afer:
- E. g. aethiopicus:
- E. g. suahelicus:
- E. g. glaucurus:
E. g. aethiopicus is, however, generally considered invalid and a fifth subspecies pulcherrimus is not recognised by all authorities.
Forest edges, wet woodland, open scrub and large gardens.
Its preferred perch is in the top of very tall trees.
The diet includes ants, termites and flying insects, which are sometimes hawked at other times caught by sallies from a favoured perch.
They nest in an unlined hole in a tree cavity. The clutch consists of 2-3 eggs.
- Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
- BF Member observations
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Broad-billed Roller. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 28 November 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Broad-billed_Roller
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