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It is a small (9cm), chunky bird. It is bright green above with a red throat and long, broad, reddish bill. The flanks are pink, and the abdomen and sides of breast are pale yellow.
Forest both dry and wet at all elevations.
Usually found low in the forest where it sits on a look out before plucking off a large insect or a larva usually from the underside of a leaf. May occasionally take fruit.
It excavates burrows on earth banks or rotten tree trunks to make its nest and lays 1-4 eggs. It breeds Dec-July.
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