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Length 16-18 cm.
Adult male: Glossy-green upper parts with a white patch behind the eye. Under parts white.
Adult female: Bronzy-brown above and white with fine brown bars below.
Africa and southern Arabian Peninsula: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
Forest, woodland, savanna, parks and gardens.
A brood parasite. Hosts include Batises, small warblers and sunbirds.
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