Sexes alike. Chestnut-brown head, neck and underbody below breast; bright turquoise-blue above, often with greenish tinge; black flight feathers and white wing-patch in flight; white chin, throat and breast distinctive; coral-red beak and legs. Solitary or scattered pairs atop overhead wires, poles and tree-tops;
frequently found far from water; drops on to ground to pick up prey.
forest, cultivation, lakes, riversides; also coastal mangroves and estuaries.
insects, frogs, lizards, small rodents; only occasionally fish.
subcontinent, south of outer Himalaya.
noisy; loud, crackling laugh, often audible over crowded urban areas; song a longish, quivering whistle, sounding as kililililili… characteristic feature of hot season, when bird is breeding; fascinating courtship display.