Indian Roller

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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.[2] 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.[5]

The main habitat is cultivation, thin forest and grassland. They are often seen perched on roadside electric wires. source

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2 Responses

  1. Carolyn Goodman says:

    These creatures (which I have never seen before) are absolutely stunningly beautiful. I can never understand how anyone cannot believe in God. Evolution is ridiculous!!!

  2. Karen Hattman says:

    beautiful!

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