Scientific Name :Coracias benghalensiis
Tamil Name : Pannang kaadai
Description: A striking blue bird with biggish head and the dark blue portions of the wings when in flight.
Distribution and status: It is found practically throughout the Indian sub continent. Resident and partial local migrant..
Habitat: It is found in open cultivated country and in light deciduous forest.
Habits:. From a lookout on the telegraph wire or other vantage point it pounces on some large insect, frog or lizard on the ground and goes back to the same perch or some other perch. The prey is battered to death and swallowed
Food: Large insects are taken hence could be considered a friend of the farmer.
Life cycle: It involves in courtship display by going up in the air and coming down. Nests chiefly between March to July. Nest is a collection of straw, rags and rubbish in a natural tree hollow at moderate heights, sometimes in a hole or building. 4-5 eggs are laid which are white in colour.
Role in the environment: Highly beneficial to agriculture since it destroys vast quantities of injurious insects. It is considered to bring good luck to the person viewing it.
Photo Source : Dr. J. Patrick David