European Roller, Blue Roller, Common Roller Rollier d'Europe Blauracke Carraca Europea, Carraca Blåkråka Scharrelaar Ghiandaia marina
World: Palearctic from sw,e Europe to Kirghiz Steppes and Turkestan (although absent from the area between the Caspian and Aral seas). Range includes w China, the Mediterranean region, Near and Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, as well as Africa
Kenya: Palearctic passage migrants in dry open woodland and bush country from November to April across much of the country
While they are present throughout migration period it is during March and April that they are most noticeable. This is not just because they are starting to come into full breeding plumage but also because they are present in huge numbers, significantly outnumbering the resident species. Tsavo is a particularly good place to see them at this time.
Unlike other members of the genus which are solitary, outside the breeding season the Eurasian Roller travels in loose flocks. They use a shrike-type approach to feeding, pouncing from an open perch on passing prey. They are mainly insectivorous but will tackle scorpions, frogs, lizards and even small birds.