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13.2 cm. Green upperparts with black spotting, yellow face with a black line from the eye to the gape. Black wings and tail edged with green, white underparts spotted with black. The sexes are similar. The flight call is a weak, metallic, chirping tsip.
Six subspecies are recognized: guttata, eusticta, tolimae, bogotensis, chrysophrys, and trinitatis.
Humid montane and secondary forest.
The diet includes mainly fruit and some insects.
It builds a small cup nest in a tree. 2 brown-blotched white eggs are laid and incubated by the female for 13 days to hatching, with another 15 days before the chicks fledge.
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