Indian roller

With its splendid plumage, it has earned its place as a jewel of the skies

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Stands out as one of the most visually stunning birds in the Indian subcontinent. Its vibrant plumage, characterized by a blend of turquoise, blue, orange, and brown, captivates observers and earns it admiration as a symbol of beauty and elegance in nature. The bold streak of electric blue along its wings, especially noticeable in flight, adds to its majestic appearance and makes it a spectacle to behold against the backdrop of the sky. Such striking colors have led to the Indian roller being affectionately known as “Neelkanth,” a name that pays homage to its captivating blue-throated beauty.

Beyond its aesthetic appeal, the Indian roller is also a highly skilled predator, specializing in hunting insects. From its perches atop trees, utility wires, or termite mounds, the roller surveys its surroundings with keen eyesight, ready to launch into action at the slightest movement. With swift and precise aerial maneuvers, it captures flying insects in mid-air, showcasing its exceptional agility and hunting prowess. This behavior not only sustains the roller but also contributes to the ecological balance by helping control insect populations.

The Indian roller is not merely a sight to behold; it also plays a vital ecological role in its habitat. As an insectivorous bird, it helps regulate insect populations, thereby preventing outbreaks of pests and maintaining the health of ecosystems. Furthermore, its presence in the environment serves as an indicator of habitat quality, as healthy populations of rollers are indicative of well-balanced ecosystems.

Despite its beauty and ecological importance, the Indian roller faces various threats in the wild, including habitat loss, degradation, and human-induced disturbances.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Afghanistan
2016
Bangladesh
2016
Bhutan
2016
India
2016
Iran
2016
Iraq
2016
Kuwait
2016
Non-Breeding
Maldives
2016
Non-Breeding
Nepal
2016
Oman
2016
Pakistan
2016
Qatar
2016
Vagrant
Saudi Arabia
2016
Non-Breeding
Sri Lanka
2016
Syria
2016
Non-Breeding
Turkey
2016
Non-Breeding
UAE
2016

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic / Monomorphic (size)

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No