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Jul 19, 2015

The striking colours of the European Roller

Photo by Attila Kovacs / EPA
A European Roller (Coracius garrulus) is pictured above with a frog in its beak near Pusztaszer, 90 miles south of Budapest, in Hungary.   This bird grows to 32 cm or 13" in length and it feeds on frogs (as seen above), large insects, small reptiles and rodents.   The combination of its largish size and colouring, which is mainly brilliant blue with an orange-brown back and black flight feathers, means that this bird is quite attractive and conspicuous. 

Photo by John Hunt / Wild Images / SAKERTOUR
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