Indian Roller, is also called “Neelkanth (The Blue Throated)”. One of the Trinity Deities in Hinduism, Shiva goes by this name too. Perhaps that’s is the reason why the Indian Roller is called a harbinger of fortune. Believers especially feel blessed by getting a glimpse of them on the auspicious day of Dussherra.
However, this belief has become a curse to the bright, beautiful and colourful bird as they are captured and caged to amuse the humans. There are many who throng to get a glimpse of them and in this event, the bird trapper mints money, the believers go away with a good feeling and dreaming of lady luck knocking their door but the poor birdie gets tortured. Its worth to ponder would luck ever find its way to you when the one who has to bless is being tortured?
There are good people too who care of them. One of my friend would see the picture of the bird rather seeing them trapped and that’s such a good deed I say👍
Nevertheless, lets now focus on the bird. Move away from the city and you should find them perched on wires, bare trees and are normally visible near grasslands. The plumage is a mix of brown, blue, pale blue and purplish. Their beauty is best visible in flight. The wings when spread are absolutely gorgeous.
Another unique feature of them is when they catch a prey, they keep tossing it up a few times before they fill their belly. I guess they make sure its “dead for sure” 🙂
Let us all dissuade people from superstition and let the India Roller be a free bird. Am sure it will bless enough for lady luck to come running to your home 🙂