WoRMS taxon details

Coracias caudatus Linnaeus, 1766

212742  (urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:212742)

accepted
Species
marine, brackish
Linnaeus, C. (1766). Systema naturae sive regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Laurentii Salvii, Holmiae. 12th ed. 1 (1): 1-532. [details]   
Description Length: 32-36 cm. Plumage: above, back light brown, rump purplish blue; deeply forked tail greenish cobalt blue; wing brown...  
Description Length: 32-36 cm. Plumage: above, back light brown, rump purplish blue; deeply forked tail greenish cobalt blue; wing brown with dark purplish blue and black flight feathers and bright blue patch at contrasting with dark wingtips; crown and nape blue-green; below azure blue with breast and throat lilac except in subsp. lorti which has a greenish-blue breast; Immature duller than adult with shorter outer rectrices. Bare parts: iris brown; bill black; feet and legs olive or greenish-yellow. Habitat:coastal creeks; mainly savannah, open woodland and cultivation. Resident. <390><391><393> [details]
WoRMS (2018). Coracias caudatus Linnaeus, 1766. Accessed at: http://marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=212742 on 2018-04-26
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1998-08-25 13:14:19Z
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Depew, Lorna
2011-04-07 09:46:00Z
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original description Linnaeus, C. (1766). Systema naturae sive regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Laurentii Salvii, Holmiae. 12th ed. 1 (1): 1-532. [details]   

basis of record Fry, C.H., S. Keith & E.K. Urban (1988). The Birds of Africa, Volume III. Academic Press, London. [details]   
 
 Present  Inaccurate  Introduced: alien 
 

From other sources
Description Length: 32-36 cm. Plumage: above, back light brown, rump purplish blue; deeply forked tail greenish cobalt blue; wing brown with dark purplish blue and black flight feathers and bright blue patch at contrasting with dark wingtips; crown and nape blue-green; below azure blue with breast and throat lilac except in subsp. lorti which has a greenish-blue breast; Immature duller than adult with shorter outer rectrices. Bare parts: iris brown; bill black; feet and legs olive or greenish-yellow. Habitat:coastal creeks; mainly savannah, open woodland and cultivation. Resident. <390><391><393> [details]

Remark Forms a superspecies with C. abyssinica and C. garrulus [details]
 

LanguageName 
Dutch vorkstaartscharrelaar  [details]
English lilac-breasted roller  [details]
French rollier à longs brins  [details]
German Gabelracke  [details]