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Alternative name: Ruby Topaz
8.1 cm. The male has green-glossed dark brown upperparts, glossy red crown and nape, brilliant orange-gold throat and breast, brown underparts are brown, chestnut tail tipped black. The female has bronze-green upperparts and pale grey underparts. The tail is chestnut with a dark subterminal band and a white tip.
This is a monotypic species, which is the only member of its genus.
Open country, gardens and cultivation.
2 eggs are laid in a tiny cup nest in the fork of a low branch. Incubation takes 16 days, and fledging another 18 or 19.
The diet includes nectar, taken from a wide variety of flowers, and some small insects.
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