Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis) Birds of India

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Indian Roller at Rajaji national park Rishikesh Uttarakhand

Common name: Indian roller

Scientific name: Coracias benghalensis

Alternate Names:  नीलकंठ पक्षी , Indian blue jay

Regional Names: Telugu: Pala Pitta Kannada: neelakanthi

Size: 26-27 cm long

Migratory Status: Resident some seasonal movements.

Visibility: Common

Facts: State bird of Andhra Pradesh later of divided Telangana , Karnataka and Odisha, Bihar.

Conservation Status: Least Concern with Increasing Population

Wildlife schedule: Schedule 4

Diet: Insects, small reptiles (snakes) , Amphibians.

Habitat: Open grassland, scrub forest

Nesting Period: March to July

Sexes: Alike

Predators:

Category:Perching bird

Kingdom  Animalia
Phylum  Chordata
Class  Aves
Order  Coraciiformes
Family  Coraciidae
Genus  Coracias

 

Indian Roller about to fly at Asan barrage bird sanctuary Dehradun Uttarakhand
Indian Roller about to fly at Asan barrage bird sanctuary Dehradun Uttarakhand
Indian Roller about to fly at Asan barrage Uttarakhand
Indian Roller about to fly at Asan barrage Uttarakhand
Indian Roller about to fly at Asan barrage Uttarakhand
Indian Roller about to fly at Asan barrage Uttarakhand
Indian Roller at Asan barrage Uttarakhand
Indian Roller at Asan barrage Uttarakhand

Similar birds which create confusion in identification:

  1. White Throated Kingfisher

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