Locally known as 'Neelpankh' where neel=blue pankh=wings..
Thanks to the bird who let me come so close for this shot.. There are records of this species hunting & feeding on scorpions apart from regular insects which makes their diet..
They look marvelous in flight!!
There is one more species which migrates to indian sub-continent in winters from Europe and is obviously known as 'Europen Roller' ;-)
Fellow members from Africa can relate this with its African cousin 'lilac breasted roller'.
The Indian Roller , also called the Blue Jay in former times is a member of the roller family of birds. They are found mainly in the Indian Subcontinent, but also in a wider arc stretching from Iraq to Thailand 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. Several.. more