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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Indian Roller, Coracias benghalensis

The Indian Roller is without doubt one of the most amazing birds I have ever seen.

The Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis), was formerly locally called the Blue Jay. It is a member of the roller family of birds which breeds in tropical southern Asia from Iraq to Thailand. It is not migratory, but undertakes some seasonal movements.

It looks quite ordinary when viewed from behind...

Upfront its a cute little bird with a a sprinkling of brown to go with its blue feathers

The Indian Roller is a stocky bird, the size of a Jackdaw at 30-34cm. It has a warm brown back, lilac breast and face, and blue crown, wings, tail and belly. Sexes are similar, but the juvenile is a drabber version of the adult. The Southeast Asian race C. b. affinis has a green back and purple underparts, and is sometimes considered a separate species.

From behind and in flight is the best view .. Here is a WOW shot of an Indian Roller about to land,with its wings spread in all its glory.

Indian Roller is striking in its strong direct flight, with the brilliant blues of the wings contrasting with the brown back.


Radhika said...

gee..thanx a bunch!
i remember this bird from my childhood walks with my grandfather(back when i was a little kid holding his finger).. sighting it on Dasara was the highest point of the evening.

did you know?... it is the Andhra Pradesh's bird of the state. its called 'palapitta' down here.

srinivasa jayakrishna said...

Thank You very much.It's the State Bird of our ANDHRAPRADESH.

babulu..visakha said...

my grand maa used chant
palapitta darsanam papamanta nasanam (it means if you see the palapitta all the sins are gone)