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13 cm. Mainly yellow, black streaks down its back, whitish throat bordered above with a black malar stripe. The wings and tail are black with pale green edgings. The sexes are similar, but adult females have duller and greener-tinged yellow plumage, and sometimes dark mottling on the crown. Immatures are much duller and greener, with dusky wings, tail, back streaks and malar stripe, a grey throat and darker green wing edging.
Three subspecies are recognized:
Lower and middle levels of wet mountain forests and adjacent semi-open areas such as clearings with shade trees, second growth and woodland edges.
It builds a compact cup shaped nest in a tree on a branch. 2 brown-blotched off-white eggs are laid. This species will raise two broods in a season.
The diet includes small fruit, which is swallowed whole, insects and spiders. They are usually found in pairs, small groups, or as part of a mixed-species feeding flock.
Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
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