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Indian Roller / Blue Jay

Coracias benghalensis


They are found mainly in the Indian Subcontinent, but also in a wider arc stretching from Iraq to Thailand and are best known for the aerobatic displays of the male during the breeding season. They are very commonly seen perched along roadside trees and wires and are commonly seen in open grassland and scrub forest habitats. It is not migratory, but undertakes some seasonal movements. Several states in India have chosen it as their symbol. The Indian Roller is a stocky bird about 26–27 cm long


The main habitat is cultivation, thin forest and grassland. They are often seen perched on roadside electric wires. This roller is found mainly on the South Asian mainland but extends into Sri Lanka, the Lakshadweep and Maldive Islands and into Southeast Asia and parts of West Asia.

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KarenL 10 years ago

Very pretty!

SuranjanMithra 10 years ago

Thanks atul, How you doing in the new year, let me know if you every come to Bangalore we can catch up !!

Atul 10 years ago

beautiful !!

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Karnataka, India

Spotted on Jan 12, 2012
Submitted on Jan 15, 2012

Spotted for Mission

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