Coracias garrula, Lin.
125. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 218 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 109.
THE EUROPEAN ROLLER.
Length, 13; wing, 7.75 ; tail, 5 ; tarsus, 0.98; bill at front, 1.37.
Bill blackish ; irides red-brown; feet yellow-brown.
The whole head, neck, and lower parts pale blue, duller on the head, brighter on the chin and throat, and streaked paler; back, scapulars and tertiaries chesnut-bay; shoulders and lesser-coverts violet-blue; the greater-coverts pale blue; quills deep violet blue ; the lower part of the back violet-blue ; upper tail-coverts light blue; tail with the two centre tail-feathers dull ashy-blue, the others pale azure, dull dark blue at their base, which color increases in extent towards the centre ; the two outer feathers are tipped with dark blue.
The European Roller occurs as an occasional seasonal visitant to Sind; but has not been recorded from any other portion of the district.