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Length 23-24 cm; much smaller than Wood-hoopoes; tail shorter than other Scimitar-bills. Glossy purple-black; the bill is orange and strongly decurved; feet and legs black.
There are 2 subspecies:
Arid to semi-arid scrub and woodland.
Includes a chattering kirrie-kirrie-kirrie-kirrie and a yelping kweee-u.
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