Similar to C. indica but smaller and with rounded tail. General coloration chesnutbrown, darkest on the scapulars and central R, crown and nape with bluish purple iridescence emerald to bronzy green. outermost R grey, sometimes chesnut with black subterminal bar, other R entirely chesnut with black subterminal bar, lower back blackish brown crossed by two buffish binds, underwing chesnut, iris dark brown, bill orange or red, rd and feet purplish red. Female has forehead grey with less iridescence on head and neck, which are browner. Juvenile has reduced areas of iridescence on mantle and wings, body plumage barred with black.