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6Â·4â€“7 cm (2Â½-2Â¾ in), bill 8mm, short and straight.
Male: long, rufous crest. Bronzy green above. Has a white band across the rump. Tail rufous. Throat metallic green with 3 white spots. Remaing underparts green, like back.
Female: No crest but has a dull rufous forecrown. Otherwise like male above. Throat a light orange/brown. Chest streaked bronze. Underparts dull green. Cinnamon tail with black subterminal band.
Two subspecies are recognized:
Borders of humid forest and secondary growth woodland. Also in nearby clearings.
Rare to Uncommon. Usually seen perched on an exposed branch or twig, quite often at moderate heights. Feeds quite low. Wags tail slowly up and down in flight. Looks like a large Bee!
Their main diet consists of nectar, from small flowering plants, also winged arthropods taken in flight.
There is very little information available.
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