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Bill black except for lower mandible where basal half is reddish. Mostly metallic green to bright green with throat and upper breast violet-blue while tail is forked and dark blue. Female differs in having underparts mostly white with green flanks and tail that is white-tipped and have green central tail feathers.
Three subspecies are recognized:
Moist, open lowland forests, clearings, scrub, or mangrove, mostly within a few miles of the coast.
Mostly seen feeding rather low on flowers, often in scrubs, otherwise trees.
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