562 Indian Roller


The Indian Roller or Blue Jay (Coracias benghalensis) is 26-27 cm long stocky bird with brownish breast, blue crown and vent, deep purplish blue primaries with a band of pale blue, sky blue tail with Prussian blue terminal band and dull green central feathers, purplish lilac neck and throat with white shaft streaks, ochre patch around the eye, long blackish bill curved at the tip, and brown feet. It is a common resident breeder all across the plains of India and the Southeast Asia.