Rufous-headed ground roller

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Rufous-headed ground roller
Rufous-headed ground-roller (Atelornis crossleyi).jpg
Ranomafana National Park
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Brachypteraciidae
Genus: Atelornis
A. crossleyi
Binomial name
Atelornis crossleyi
Sharpe, 1875

The rufous-headed ground roller (Atelornis crossleyi) is a species of bird in the Brachypteraciidae family. It is endemic to Madagascar. There are currently five known species of Brachypteraciidae family. Four of these species likes to live in the eastern and central highland humid forests. Unlike the four other species, the fifth species likes to live in the dry southwestern spiny bushes of Madagascar. The Atelornis crossleyi species of the ground rollers lives with most of its family in humid forests.[2] While there is not much information about this ground roller, some papers exist that working to bring forth more information regarding different aspects of the bird (like the phylogeny of its family).[2]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Atelornis crossleyi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b Kirchman, Jeremy J.; Hackett, Shannon J.; Goodman, Steven M.; Bates, John M. (October 2001). "PHYLOGENY AND SYSTEMATICS OF GROUND ROLLERS (BRACHYPTERACIIDAE) OF MADAGASCAR". The Auk. 118 (4): 849–863. doi:10.1642/0004-8038(2001)118[0849:PASOGR]2.0.CO;2. ISSN 0004-8038.