Scientific name: Coracias caudatus
Conservation status: Least concern
Size: 36 to 38 cm

The lilac-breasted roller is an African roller or Coraciidae. It is widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa where it prefers open woodland and savanna. Usually found alone or in pairs, it perches at the tops of trees, or on a high vantage point where it can spot insects, lizards, scorpions, snails, small birds and rodents moving about on the ground.

As per the Fischer’s turaco I wanted to paint it because they can be found in the Dakatcha Woodlands in Kenya. This is an area of threatened habitat that covers around 2,000 square kilometres and local NGO Nature Kenya are supporting conservation efforts in the area.

The Lilac-breasted roller as a species is unofficially considered the national bird of Kenya

As with all my painting its been created using a mixture of watercolour, gouache, pencil colour an ink pen. I have included some photos from my phone to show the build up of the image.

Lilac-breasted roller - stage 1
Lilac-breasted roller - stage 2
Lilac-breasted roller - stage 3

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