Purple-winged Roller Coracias temminckii

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A distinctive big-billed bird that is entirely deep purple in color except for a conspicuous sky-blue cap and rump. Juvenile has a duller cap and browner underparts. Sits upright. Prefers open country near wooded and forested areas, where it is most often seen perched high on prominent dead branches, usually singly or in pairs. Occurs in both lowlands and foothills. Gives a harsh, dry grating call, “ka-ka-ka-ka…”, and sometimes also a single “chowwEER.”

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