European Roller enjoying Nagpur Summer!!!

European Roller

Coracias garrulus (AKA European Roller) – It is large in size with pale blue over the entire head and underparts. The rest of the upperparts are brown, but it shows electric-blue wings in flight. Right now it should be in the foot hills of Himalaya in India. Its migration to Northern India till Rajasthan is recorded.

This fellow had no reason to be at Nagpur and definitely not in a sweltering 47°C summer. But he was there, and we saw him – A juvenile European Roller. He was seen last week by a couple of bird watchers and we spotted him again yesterday at Ambhazari Lake – about two km from our home.

In hope of spotting more birds, in this sweltering heat, we leave for Kanha today for a long weekend.

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