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15-17 cm. Iridescent green, blue head, upper chest, tail and vent. It has a slightly decurved medium-long black bill. The sexes are very similar, but females average smaller and duller than males. Juvenile browner.
Five subspecies are recognized:
Some authorities place this species in the genus Campylopterus.
Lowland semi-open habitat.
The diet includes nectar and insects.
The nest is a cup-shaped made of plant fibres, lichen, mosses, and spider webs, which is placed on a horizontal twig. 2 eggs are laid and incubated for 15 days, and the chicks fledge after 22-24 days.
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