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16cm (6 in)
Juveniles have barred rufous and greenish bronze upperparts, a bright rufous crown, rufous and green (or rufous and brown) wings, a barred brown and rufous tail and white brown-barred underparts.
Found from northeast India and Bangladesh east to Burma, Thailand and southcentral China (Yunnan) and south to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia to peninsular Malaysia, including Singapore. Also on Sumatra, Java, Borneo and the Philippines.
There are 2 subspecies:
It's sometimes placed in the genus Chalcites.
Moist lowland forests and mangrove forests. Also in orchards, gardens and rubber plantations.
Feeds on insects, takes also fruit.
Southern populations are resident, northern populations (e.g. in Assam and Bangladesh) appear to be migratory.
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