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20-22cm. Green, yellow throat, blue gorget and black eye stripe and beak. Sexes are alike.
Four subspecies are recognised. These, with their distributions, are as follows:
The diet includes bees, wasps and hornets, which are caught in the air.
They nest in sandy banks, or similar flat ground. They make a relatively long tunnel in which the 2 to 4 spherical, white eggs are laid. These birds feed and roost communally.
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