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India Roller - photograph © Rajiv Lather

Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis) also called Blue Jay. This bird is a common breeding resident. Found near cultivation and open areas of Haryana.   Local names: Neelkanth (Hindi), Neeltaans (Bagri).  

Order: CORACIIFORMES   Family: Coraciidae   Size: 13 inch   Food: Frogs, butterflies, grasshoppers, moths, crickets

Identification: Sexes alike. The crown, lower wings and tail are turquoise to blue-green. Throat and upper breast are purple and clearly streaked with turquoise. Back and abdomen is gray and the eyes are black. The bill is black, slender and curved.

Birds of India - a photo gallery by Rajiv Lather


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