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Marathi name- नीलपंख (ID- Blue cap, pale and dark blue wings, lilac throat)
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Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis

Current photo has been taken outside the resort in Bandhavgarh.

Basic Information
Indian Roller is also called Blue Jay. It is 13 inch long and is striking blue in colour. The other two species of Indian Roller include European Roller (Coracias garrulus), and Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis). This prefers open ground, cultivated fields, local parks and cities at lower elevation. 2 years back, I spotted this bird on overhead wire near Kalawa station and Sion station.

Indian Roller is omnivorous. It mainly feeds on frogs. It also favours lizards, acorns, grasshoppers, crickets, Butterflies and moths. 

This bird is considered as sacred among the Hindus. It has been given the status of State Bird of Karnataka in India. They are sometimes hunted for sports and food. 

Edited by Pranoti J-K - 04 Oct 2013 at 8:16pm
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