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The Indian Roller is a stocky bird about 26–27 cm long. The breast is brownish and not blue as in the European Roller. The crown and vent are blue. The primaries are deep purplish blue with a band of pale blue. The tail is sky blue with a terminal band of Prussian blue and the central feathers are dull green. The neck and throat are purplish lilac with white shaft streaks.
The main habitat is cultivation, thin forest and grassland. They are often seen perched on roadside electric wires.