LC
Racquet-tailed Roller Coracias spatulatus



Taxonomy

Taxonomic source(s)
del Hoyo, J., Collar, N.J., Christie, D.A., Elliott, A. and Fishpool, L.D.C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Lynx Edicions BirdLife International, Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge, UK.
del Hoyo, J.; Collar, N. J.; Christie, D. A.; Elliott, A.; Fishpool, L. D. C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International.

IUCN Red list criteria met and history
Red List criteria met
Critically Endangered Endangered Vulnerable
- - -

Red List history
Year Category Criteria
2016 Least Concern
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern
Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency Medium
Land mass type Average mass -
Distribution

Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 4,170,000 medium
Number of locations -
Severely Fragmented -
Population and trend
Value Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals unknown not applicable not applicable 0
Population trend Decreasing suspected -
Decline (3 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (5 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (10 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (10 years/3 generation future) - - -
Decline (10 years/3 generation past and future) - - -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Percentage in largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 5.6 - - -

Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is reported to be widespread and fairly common to uncommon (del Hoyo et al. 2001).

Trend justification: The population is suspected to be in decline owing to ongoing destruction of miombo and mopane woodlands throughout its range (del Hoyo et al.2001).


Country/territory distribution
Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Resident Breeding Non-breeding Passage
Angola N Extant Yes
Botswana N Extant Yes
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the N Extant Yes
Eswatini N Extant Yes
Malawi N Extant Yes
Mozambique N Extant Yes
Namibia N Extant Yes
South Africa N Extant Yes
Tanzania N Extant Yes
Zambia N Extant Yes
Zimbabwe N Extant Yes

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)
Country/Territory IBA Name
Angola Caconda
Angola Cuelei
Angola Luando Strict Nature Reserve
Angola Mupa National Park
Botswana Chobe National Park
Botswana Linyanti swamp/Chobe river
Botswana Okavango Delta
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Upemba National Park
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Kundelungu National Park
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Lufira valley
Malawi Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve
Malawi South Viphya Forest Reserve
Malawi Mtangatanga and Perekezi Forest Reserves
Malawi Kasungu National Park
Malawi Liwonde National Park
Malawi Liwonde Hills Forest Reserve
Malawi Lengwe National Park
Malawi Malawi Hills Forest Reserve
Mozambique Panda Brachystegia woodlands
Mozambique Zambezi River Delta
Mozambique Headwaters of the Cahora Bassa Dam
Namibia Eastern Caprivi wetlands
Namibia Mahango Game Reserve and Kavango river
Tanzania Katavi National Park
Tanzania Mikumi National Park
Tanzania Ruaha National Park
Tanzania Selous Game Reserve
Tanzania Ugalla River Game Reserve
Tanzania Kilombero Valley
Tanzania Lake Rukwa
Tanzania Usangu flats
Tanzania Kisarawe District Coastal Forests
Tanzania Nguu Mountains
Tanzania Ukaguru Mountains
Tanzania Loazi-Kalambo Forest Reserves and surrounding area
South Africa Kruger National Park and adjacent areas
Zambia West Lunga National Park and Lukwakwa Game Management Area
Zambia Liuwa Plain National Park
Zambia Sioma Ngwezi National Park
Zambia Machile
Zambia Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park and Batoka Gorge
Zambia Nkanga River Conservation Area
Zambia Kafue Flats
Zambia Kafue National Park
Zambia North Swaka
Zambia Chisamba
Zambia Lower Zambezi National Park
Zambia South Luangwa National Park
Zambia North Luangwa National Park
Zambia Lukususi National Park
Zambia Shiwa Ng'andu
Zambia Lavushi Manda National Park
Zambia Kasanka National Park
Zambia Bangweulu Swamps
Zambia Kalungwishi
Zambia Jimbe Drainage
Zimbabwe Hwange National Park
Zimbabwe Chizarira National Park
Zimbabwe Middle Zambezi Valley
Zimbabwe Robert McIlwaine Recreational Park
Zimbabwe Mavuradonha Mountains
Zambia Wonder Gorge
Zambia Sumbu National Park and Tondwa Game Management Area
Zambia Mutinondo Wilderness

Habitats & altitude
Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Dry major resident
Savanna Dry major resident
Altitude 0 - 1300 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Species factsheet: Coracias spatulatus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/11/2022. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2022) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/11/2022.