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13 cm. Long, straight or nearly straight, black bill, green-bronze upperparts, becoming more bronzed on the black-tipped tail. Male shows violet crown, bright blue throat, black head, white spot behind the eye. The chest is green-bronze and the belly grey. Female has bronze-green upperparts and dull grey underparts. There is a white stripe behind her eye. Immature birds are like the female, but darker and browner.
Mountains, and montane forests.
The female builds a cup shaped nest in bamboo. Two (2) white eggs are laid and incubated by the female for 15-19 days; the young fledge 20-26 days later.
Diet includes nectar, and some small insects.
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