cuckoo roller

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cuckoo roller

(Leptosomus discolor; see ), little-known bird of Madagascar and the neighbouring Comoros, named for its superficial resemblance to cuckoos but usually deemed the sole member of the family Leptosomatidae (sometimes treated as a subfamily of the Coraciidae [rollers]). It is about 43 cm (17 inches) long. Males are iridescent green above and gray below; females are brown above with tan and black spots below.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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