A bird taking off from a tree.

A bird taking off from a tree.
Species: Indian Roller   Coracias benghalensis
Subspecies: benghalensis
Author: Hanne and Jens Eriksen
Added to IBC: 3 Aug 2012 - 09:36
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Published in HBW Volume 6 on page 346.
Original HBW caption:
Although rollers usually appear brightly coloured when perched, their most vivid patterning is concealed within the closed wing and tail. When these are opened, their true colours are revealed, as can be seen on this Indian Roller. The sudden flash of deep blue and azure when a roller takes flight can thus be quite startling. Compared to adults, the plumage of juvenile rollers is relatively dull and lacklustre. Rollers are sexually monomorphic and their seasonal plumage variation is minor.

Citation

Hanne and Jens Eriksen, IBC1004831. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1004831.

Extended version
Hanne and Jens Eriksen, IBC1004831. Photo of Indian Roller Coracias benghalensis at Sohar, Oman. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1004831.

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