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The breast is brownish. 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 bare patch around the eye is ochre in colour. The three forward toes are united at the base. Rollers have a long and compressed bill with a curved upper edge and a hooked tip
The main habitat is cultivation, thin forest and grassland. They are often seen perched on roadside electric wires or prominent bare trees They descend to the ground to capture their prey which may include insects and arachnids.