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|My visit to Kanha National park, one of the best managed tiger reserve forest in the country was a mixed experience. Though, the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger remained elusive for the three days that I stayed over there, I was rewarded with good variety of avian species. |
Though most of the avian species remained out of bound for photography due to limited focal length of the lens, I still got couple of pics of this roller. Later on, I found out that waiting for this bird to turn its head cost me dearly as I missed to capture the majestic tiger which was lying close by a water hole in the same route(as told by another group of visitors).
Some info about Indian Roller:
The Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis), also called the Blue Jay in former times is a member of the roller family of birds. They are found widely across tropical Asia stretching from from Iraq eastward across the Indian Subcontinent to Indochina 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. The largest populations of the species are within India, and Several states in India have chosen it as their state bird.
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. 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.
The Indian roller is distributed across Asia, from West Asia (Iraq), through the Indian Subcontinent (including Sri Lanka and the islands of Lakshadweep and Maldive Islands) into Southeast Asia.
The main habitat is cultivation, thin forest and grassland. They are often seen perched on roadside electric wires
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