Indian Roller also called Blue Jay
While we were driving down the highway, my wife suddenly stopped spotting a few of these colourful birds. Shot about half a dozen frames quickly. Could not get anything better than this because I could not get closer and they were too fast.
This photo does not do justice to the bird. Moreover the the splash of turquoise is evident only when it takes to air. I just couldn't manage to catch it in flight. It normally sits on a high perch surveying the ground. Then suddenly makes a dash when it sees a prey. It eats insects and is considered a farmers' friend.
This bird is said to be so colourful that the Hindu God Vishnu got inspired and took its form in one of his famous escapades. I am told in the Western part of India they catch these in large numbers and release them on Dusserah day.
Now, guess why it called a Roller?