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Indian Roller नील कंठ …the state bird of Bihar

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Indian Roller  नील कंठ

Photo Feature by Chandan singh

Indian Roller नील कंठ

The Indian roller (Coracias benghalensis) is locally known as “Neel Kanth ” and is chosen as the state bird for the Indian states of Bihar, Karnataka, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh.

The local name of this once often sighted bird is Neelakant ,नील कंठ(meaning “blue throat”), a name associated with the deity Shiva (who drank poison resulting in the blue throat). During former times, a captive roller would be released by the local ruler during festivals such as Dussera.

Its a beautiful sight to see the birg in full flight..the flashing twirling shades of blue in the sunlight are mesmerizing…one needs a lot of patience, bit of luck and a fast lens..one day I will get this beauty full frame in full flight


Chandan singh is bihar based wildlife photographer. He specialises in wide range of photography which includes insects, birds, reptiles to the real wild world. His photographs can also be seen on his blog,http://chandans.blogspot.com/.


One Response

  1. meena says:

    i want to ask u – why it’s said that on dushera we should see this bird. is it related to luck or something?

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