- Coracias benghalensis
- Brown back
- Lilac breast and face
- Blue crown, wings, tail and belly
Sexes are similar
Juvenile is a drabber version of the adult.
Middle East and Asia:
Middle East: Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Iran
Asia: Afghanistan, China, Tibet
South Asia: Pakistan, India, Eastern Himalayas, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand
There are 3 subspecies:
- C. b. benghalensis:
- C. b. indicus:
- C. b. affinis:
Open country, pasture and stubble, plantations and palm groves.
Diet includes large insects, such as grasshoppers, crickets and earwigs, beetles, moths and wasps; also smaller reptiles like lizards and frogs.
They nest in a lined hole in a tree or building, and lays about 3-5 eggs.
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- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2015)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2020) Indian Roller. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 28 November 2020 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Indian_Roller