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Above dark grey shading to slate-black on head, wings, and tail. Throat, breast, sides, and crissum slate-gray; centre of lower breast and belly white. Eye white. Eye-ring and bill orange, legs paler orange. This description fits subspecies hellmayri from western Panama and Costa Rica; underside varies quite a bit on different subspecies but all have the pale eye.
Seven subspecies are recognized.
Mostly on or near ground in wet mountain forest
Its diet includes fruits; it hops bouncily, stops and stands pertly, nervously flicking wings.
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