3 Sep 2015

European Roller – Sabkhat Al Fasl

Saudi Arabia has three species of roller on the country list. These are Indian Roller Coracias benghalensis a vagrant, Abyssinian Roller Coracias abyssinicus a breeding resident of the southwest region of the Kingdom and European Roller Coracias garrulus a common passage migrant from March to May and again from mid-July to late September when juveniles are also seen along with adults. Birds are regularly seen in the Eastern Province in all areas but are not particularly common at Sabkhat Al Fasl. They are seen every year in both spring and autumn in very small numbers at this location but they are always good to see. It appears to have been a good year so far for European Rollers as birds have been reported in quite a few areas already and it is only the end of August.
European Roller

European Roller

European Roller

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