Pitta-like ground roller

Endemic to the evergreen forests of Madagascar, widest-distributed of its family


The brightly colored, terrestrial, small, and slender bird of the family has a cobalt blue head inhabiting a wide variety of habitats. The shy and elusive bird prefers to walk alone on the ground and hunts its prey silently. The roller bird observes the prey by standing motionless and making short runs to catch its prey. It makes a nest on the earth’s bank and feeds on insects, worms, and small reptiles. The pitta-like ground roller is a seasonal breeder. Both partners provide and take care of their chicks.

Relatively common in its range, it is designated as species of “Least concern” as the population is stable. Agricultural expansion and destruction of habitat constitute a significant threat to the species.


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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No