Leptosomiformes – Cuckoo roller

Is seen as a good omen – particularly by couples in love!

The cuckoo roller or courol (Leptosomus discolor), the sole representative of its family, is endemic to Madagascar’s forests, the woodlands, and the Comoro Islands.

These medium-sized birds have eyes set far back in the face with a short bill. The feet have an unusual structure, with two toes pointing forward and two backward – great for climbing trees!

They are sexually dichromatic, with males sporting bluish-green coloring and grey or white underparts and brown females with pale, spotted underparts.

The cuckoo roller feeds on small lizards, geckos, and insects like caterpillars, stick insects, and grasshoppers.