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The Indian roller

Coracias benghalensis


The Indian roller is a stocky bird about 26–27 cm long and can only be confused within its range with the migratory European roller. The breast is brownish and not blue as in the European Roller. The crown and vent are blue. The primaries are deep purplish blue with a band of pale blue. The tail is sky blue with a terminal band of Prussian blue and the central feathers are dull green. The neck and throat are purplish lilac with white shaft streaks. The bare patch around the eye is ochre in colour. The three forward toes are united at the base.[2] Rollers have a long and compressed bill with a curved upper edge and a hooked tip. The nostril is long and exposed and there are long rictal bristles at the base of the bill.


Shrub forest inside IIM Trichy campus, tamilnadu.

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Nidhin Basheer
Nidhin Basheer 4 years ago

Thank you Suryo Suhono :)

Suryo Suhono
Suryo Suhono 4 years ago

Beautiful bird and of course awesome shot. Love it

Nidhin Basheer
Nidhin Basheer 4 years ago

Thanks Gilma Jeannette Ospino Ferreira-Norman :)

Nidhin Basheer
Nidhin Basheer 4 years ago

Thanks DrNamgyalT.Sherpa :)

Nidhin Basheer
Nidhin Basheer 4 years ago

Thanks AshleyT for the nomination :)

Beautiful, lovely colors.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 4 years ago

Nidhin congrats for the nomination and best of luck!

AshleyT 4 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Nidhin Basheer
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Nidhin Basheer

Tamil Nadu, India

Spotted on Oct 17, 2016
Submitted on Oct 17, 2016

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