Colors! Lilac-breasted roller is an African member of the roller family of birds. These rollers are widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula, preferring open woodland and savannah. This is a national bird of Botswana. These rollers also prefer to be 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.