- "Galgulus" redirects here. This genus name was also invalidly given to a toad bug genus (now Gelastocoris) by Latreille around 1802, to the rockfowl (now Picathartes) by Wagler in 1827, and to the Brown-eared Bulbul (Microscelis amaurotis) by Kittlitz in 1832.
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Galgulus Brisson, 1760
Coracias is a genus of the rollers, an Old World family of near passerine birds related to the kingfishers and bee-eaters. They share the colourful appearance of those groups, blues and browns predominating. The two outer front toes are connected, but not the inner one.
These are insect eaters, usually catching their prey in the air. They often perch prominently whilst hunting, like giant shrikes.
The species in taxonomic order are:
- European Roller Coracias garrulus
- Abyssinian Roller Coracias abyssinicus
- Lilac-breasted Roller Coracias caudatus
- Racket-tailed Roller Coracias spatulatus
- Rufous-crowned Roller Coracias noevius
- Indian Roller Coracias benghalensis
- Purple-winged Roller Coracias temminckii
- Blue-bellied Roller Coracias cyanogaster
- Kingfishers, Bee-eaters and Rollers by Fry, Fry and Harris, ISBN 0-7136-8028-8
- Roller videos on the Internet Bird Collection