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LILAC BREASTED ROLLER Colorful Birds Silver Coin 500 Francs Burkina Faso 2013


Amazing coin issued by the Burkina Faso in 2013 belonging to new series: Colorful Birds. It depicts the splendid Lilac-breasted Roller with his sparkling colors.

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Lilac Breasted Roller
The Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus) is a member of the roller family of birds. It is widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula, preferring open woodland and savanna; it is largely absent from treeless places. Usually found alone or in pairs, it perches conspicuously at the tops of trees, poles or other high vantage points from where it can spot insects, lizards, scorpions, snails, small birds and rodents moving about at ground level. Nesting takes place in a natural hole in a tree where a clutch of 2–4 eggs is laid, and incubated by both parents, who are extremely aggressive in defence of their nest, taking on raptors and other birds. During the breeding season the male will rise to great heights, descending in swoops and dives, while uttering harsh, discordant cries.
The sexes are alike in coloration. Juveniles do not have the long tail feathers that adults do.
This species is the national bird of Botswana and Kenya.

  • CountryBurkina Faso
  • Year2013
  • Face Value500 Francs
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)15.57 (1/2 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)1.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The coin reverse depicts a splendid typically coloured Lila Brested Roller ,the legend "ROLLIER A LONGS BRINS" and the bird watching symbol. The coin obverse depicts the Burkina Faso State Coat of Arms.