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9â€“12 cm (3Â½-4Â¾ in); a very variable species
The sexes are similar
In some populations the wing stripe may be narrow, or wide and the spot at the front end of this stripe may be red or yellow. The crown may or may not have fine white stripes.
Six subspecies are recognized:
A wide variety of wooded habitats from trees, shrubs, scrub, bushy gardens and especially eucalypt forests.
They feed in the canopy on a wide variety of insects and their larvae.
The nest is usually in a tree hollow or a tunnel in an earthy bank. The clutch consists of 3-5 white eggs, whih are incubated by both adults. The young are fed by both parents, sometimes with the help of other group members.
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