Head, neck, and under parts, light bluish green: back and scapulars reddish brown.
C. garrula, Temm. Man. d'Orn. torn. I. p. 127. Id. torn. III. p. 72. Garrulous Roller, Mont. Orn. Diet. Selb. Illust. vol. I. p. 117. pl. 34. Roller, Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. I. p. 100.
Entire length twelve inches six lines. Mont.
Head, neck, breast, and belly, verditer blue, inclining to sea-green: back and scapulars reddish brown: lesser wing-coverts rich violet-blue; greater coverts pale green: rump, and basal portion of the quills, purplish blue; the tips of the quills dusky: tail somewhat forked; the outer feather pale ultra-marine blue, tipped with black; the others dusky green, tipped with pale bluish green, the two middle ones excepted, which are dusky throughout: bill black at the tip, yellowish brown at the base: feet yellowish. (Egg). Smooth, shining white: long. diam. one inch five lines; trans, diam. one inch one line.
Very rare in this country, and only an accidental visitant. First noticed as a British bird by Pennant, who describes one killed in Cornwall. Solitary individuals have been since met with in Sussex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Scotland, Northumberland, and Yorkshire. Said to be common in Germany and Sweden, inhabiting large forests. Feeds principally on insects. Builds in the holes of decayed trees, and lays from four to seven eggs.