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Young birds are duller, have less white above and less red on the belly.
Upper and middle levels of humid forests, scattered tall trees, old second growth and roadside trees around farms, woodlands and gardens
The nest is an unlined hole high up in a dead tree. The clutch of 2-4 glossy white eggs is incubated by both adults.
The diet consists mostly of insects, but fruit and nectar are also eaten.
The call is a rattling krrrrrl.
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