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|Clicked this picture near a village in Allahabad, India. Could not get a very good shot as the bird flew away in flash of time. However, this picture gives a beautiful view of the wing pattern of the Indian Roller.|
The Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis) is a member of the roller family of birds. They are found in southern Asia from Iraq to Thailand and are best known for the aerobatic displays of the male during the breeding season. The main habitat is cultivation, thin forest and grassland. They are often seen perched on roadside electric wire.
The Indian Roller is about 26–27 cm long colourful bird. 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.
Indian Roller is popularly known as Neelakant (meaning "blue throat"), a name associated with the deity Shiva (who drank poison resulting in the blue throat).
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superb colours and nice shot in full flight and very sharp
- [2011-11-15 22:22]
good timing. nice sharpness and presentation. tfs.
- [2011-11-16 2:39]
Hi Vinay,this is a great capture! What a timing and what a magnificent bird,beautiful colors and wings position,not easy a perfect sharpness like your,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,LUCIANO
- [2011-11-16 3:15]
A photo taken in the best timing. Very beautiful colours and good sharpness. Excellent composition.
WOW never saw one before and so glad you shared this. GREAT CAPTURE with those rustling feathers in the wind..amazing shot
A Beautifull shot of one of my favorite birds with beautiful colours and a very good DOF.