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Glossy blue black above; entire head and upper throat scarlet; lores and large triangular patch on lower throat black extending onto chest; rest of underparts white.
Two subspecies recognized:
Swamps, mangroves and open areas near water.
Its diet includes insects, rice and fruit.
Breeding takes place from June to September. The nest is a shallow cup, about 9-10 cm wide and 7 cm high and is built in a tree. It is built of thin twigs, and ferns. 2-3 eggs are laid.
Voice: Song a clear, sweet suweet-ch, repeated at short intervals; call a soft chup.
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