Significance to humans

There is little evidence of the courol being subjected to human interference, though in some districts body parts are used in love potions. Traditionally, it is seen as a bird of good omen or as representing the bond between loving persons. Only hunters show an interest in ground-rollers, which are considered easy targets. All species are killed for food. Hunting for sport, food, or taxidermy affects migrating European rollers passing through the Mediterranean region, especially on Cyprus and Malta where significant numbers are taken each year. The species is widely admired because of its colorful plumage; in agricultural districts it is considered beneficial as a destroyer of insect pests. Elsewhere, there appears to be little interest in rollers among local people.

1. Blue-bellied roller (Coracias cyanogaster); 2. European roller (Coracias garrulus); 3. Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis); 4. Long-tailed ground-roller (Uratelornis chimaera); 5. Scaly ground-roller (Brachypteracias squamigera); 6. Courol (Leptosomus discolor). (Illustration by Brian Cressman)

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