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Indian Roller

Coracias benghalensis

Description:

Its crown and vent have a distinguished blue color.In flight, the Indian Roller flaunts the brilliant combination of colors on its feathers. This beautiful bird has a mesmerizing sky blue colored tail with a hint of Prussian blue color. The feathers towards the centre have a dull green tint. Its throat and neck is noted to be purplish lilac in color with dash of white streaks.The deep color of the grayish brown eyes of the Indian Roller compliments its beauty. Its blackish brown bill has a hooked tip. The Indian Roller acquires its name from the striking aerobatics it displays as an act of courtship.During the course of the display the Indian Roller bird flies high up in the sky and descends downwards in a circular motion, flapping its winds rapidly. It also produces harsh chack sounds during the act.

Habitat:

This is a bird that prefers open country with scattered trees. It may be found in farms and in cities at lower elevations but avoids heavy jungles.

Notes:

The Indian Roller has been chosen as the state bird by the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka and Orissa.

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34 Comments (1–25)

Atul
Atul 5 years ago

Thanks LandmarkExpert !

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 5 years ago

awesome shot!

Atul
Atul 6 years ago

Thank you all so much !

veenavarma7
veenavarma7 6 years ago

marvellous picture...beauty!!!

ShameerZaman
ShameerZaman 6 years ago

Amazing!!!!!

Louisa
Louisa 6 years ago

Beautiful bird and wonderful spotting!

Atul
Atul 6 years ago

Thank you All!

Atul
Atul 6 years ago

Thank you so much all!

OnengDyah
OnengDyah 6 years ago

Pretty..

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 6 years ago

nice action shot.

AntónioGinjaGinja
AntónioGinjaGinja 6 years ago

great spotting Atul fantastic shoot,beautiful,congrats

MelissaFerguson
MelissaFerguson 6 years ago

Very beautiful!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 7 years ago

Wonderful shot and bird!

Atul
Atul 7 years ago

thanks lot Daniele , Aruna., pamsai and Sachin.

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 7 years ago

Excellent capture and fabulous colors,
well shot Atul.

pamsai
pamsai 7 years ago

incredible shot of a beautiful bird!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 7 years ago

Beautiful pic in flight Atul!

Great capture!!

Atul
Atul 7 years ago

Thanks Leanne and Karen!

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Stunning shot Atul!

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 7 years ago

Beautiful!

Atul
Atul 7 years ago

Thank you so much everyone :-)

ToshimiDowaki
ToshimiDowaki 7 years ago

Wonderful moment!

DonnaPomeroy
DonnaPomeroy 7 years ago

beautiful shot!

ChimeTsetan
ChimeTsetan 7 years ago

beautiful picture captured with perfect timing.. :)

Gujarat, India

Lat: 22.82, Long: 72.06

Spotted on Mar 6, 2012
Submitted on Mar 19, 2012

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