French: Rollier indien German: Bengalenracke Spanish: Carraca india
Bengal (= Madras), India
Subspecies and Distribution
C. b. benghalensis
(Linnaeus, 1758) – SE Arabia (N United Arab Emirates, N Oman), and E Iraq through S Iran and N Pakistan E to Bangladesh, S to Maharashtra; one record in NE Afghanistan (Jalalabat)#R.
C. b. indicus
Linnaeus, 1766 – C India (from S Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh) S to Sri Lanka.
30–34 cm; 166–176 g. This and C. affinis are the only rollers with an azure stripe across distal half of primaries, visible in flight from afar... read more
Calls extremely harsh, being more explosive and scraping but less nasal than vocalizations of C... read more
Open farmland, pasture, stubble, plantations, palm groves, dry Acacia and Prosopis... read more
Food and feeding
Large arthropods and small vertebrates: grasshoppers, crickets, earwigs, mantises, bugs, termites, beetles, moths, wasps, ants, larvae,... read more
Mar–Jun (rarely Jul) in N, Jan–Mar in S; mainly Apr–Jun in Arabia, but copulation observed there Dec–Apr.... read more
Breeds in SE Arabia, but also regular and abundant winter visitor (Oct–Mar) there, with... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common over much of its range; locally abundant, at least seasonally in many areas. In Oman, once 370 birds on 250 km of roadside wires, and up to... read more
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