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Indian Roller     Locally known as &#039;Neelpankh&#039; where neel=blue pankh=wings.. <br />
    Thanks to the bird who let me come so close for this shot..  There are records of this species hunting &amp; feeding on scorpions apart from regular insects which makes their diet.. <br />
    They look marvelous in flight!! <br />
There is one more species which migrates to indian sub-continent in winters from Europe and is obviously known as &#039;Europen Roller&#039; ;-) <br />
    Fellow members from Africa can relate this with its African cousin &#039;lilac breasted roller&#039;. 70-300mm,Asia,Coracias benghalensis,D5200,India,Indian Roller,Kokan,Maharashtra,Nikon,NikonD5200,Ratnagiri,Tamron,Wildindia,abhitap,bird,birding,birds,incredible india,incredibleindia,life Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Indian Roller

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'.

    comments (4)

  1. Beautiful shot! African cousin shown:
    Lilac-breasted Roller - Colorful Beauty This is one of the best photographs I ever took, with a near full moon shining from behind the bird.  These beauties has 42 different recognized colors in its plumage, rendering it one of the most colorful birds in the world.   Coracias caudatus,Geotagged,Lilac-breasted Roller,Namibia,beautiful,color,colorful,icon,inspire,magnificent,pose,super
    Posted 3 years ago
    1. What a shot!!!! thanks for sharing Posted 3 years ago
  2. great portrait of this colourful fellow! Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thanks :-) Posted 3 years ago

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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

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Uploaded Jan 7, 2016. Captured Dec 15, 2015 11:30 in Aakhave Ln, Kelshi, Maharashtra 415717, India.
  • NIKON D5200
  • f/7.1
  • 1/2s
  • ISO250
  • 280mm