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Birds the size of a jackdaw, blue or greenish-blue in color. The long and strong beak is curved downward. The wings are large, the tail is straight .. The constitution resembles a raven. They have a very bright and variegated color.
The flight is maneuverable, with sharp, deep flaps of the wings. They move on the ground rather awkwardly.
The ability to transfer chicks from one nest to another is reliably known only for Rollers.
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Wide-mouths (lat. Eurystomus ) Is a genus of birds of the Roller family (Coraciidae).
The main distribution area is Africa, Asia and Australia. On the territory of Russia, in Primorye and the southern Amur region, the eastern broad is found.
Some species live in warm temperate or subtropical regions of Eurasia and Australia. The broad-mouthed plumage is brightly colored, which is slightly brighter in males than in females. Large head and long wings. The long and strong beak is curved downward. Shirokorota feed on insects and look out for their prey from a high place, catch on the fly.During the mating season, males demonstrate acrobatic stunts in the air, accompanied by loud sounds.
The genus includes 4 types:
- Eurystomus glaucurus - African broad-mouthed
- Eurystomus gularis - blue-throated broad-mouthed
- Eurystomus orientalis - eastern broad
- Eurystomus azureus