- Coracias benghalensis
- Brown back
- Lilac breast and face
- Blue crown, wings, tail and belly
- Outer tail feathers are divided into three parts, purplish blue near tip and near rump separated by bright greenish-blue
Sexes are similar
Juvenile is a drabber version of the adult.
Indochinese Roller is darker with more purplish-blue on throat and folded wing, but lacking the band near the tip of outer tail feathers.
Middle East and Asia:
Middle East: Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Iran
South Asia: Pakistan, India, Eastern Himalayas, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan
Two subspecies are recognized:
- C. b. benghalensis:
- C. b. indicus:
Indochinese Roller was recently split from Indian Roller.
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.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2015)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Indian Roller. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 21 October 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Indian_Roller