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Indian Roller

Indian Roller

The Indian roller is one of the most attractive birds of the Udawalawe National Park and it is also found in Asia as well as Southeast Asia. The Indian roller is commonly seen perched on trees as well as on man-made structures such as wires. Scrublands as well as grasslands are the preferred territories of this bird. The diet of the bird include insects, small reptiles, and small amphibians.

The scientific name assigned to the Indian roller is Coracias benghalensis and it reaches a length of 27 cm. Its call is different from most of the birds found in Udawalawe and it takes a form that is similar to the call of a crow. Breeding seasons of the bird are easily identified due to its excessive noises. In Indian culture, the bird receives a prominent places and it is even used in festivals.