14.5 inches. Green head, greenish yellow legs. The beak is strong, arched and hooked-tipped. Brown back, shoulder of the wing, outer webs of flight feathers and rump are violet. Outer tail feathers are elongated and blackish. The chin is white, shading to rich lilac of the breast. The underparts are green blue. The bill is black and the eyes are brown.
Open woodland and savanna.
Perches conspicuously, often on telephone lines.
Mainly insectivorous but also lizards, small snakes, frogs, birds and rodents.
Nesting takes place in a natural hole in a tree where a clutch of 2-4 eggs is laid, and incubated by both parents.