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14ā16.5cm (5Ā½-6Ā½ in). A plump, rounded and almost tailless bird with a short, slightly decurved bill:
Endemic to the rainforest belt of eastern Madagascar.
Primary rainforest and adjacent degraded and secondary rainforest. Often in areas of open understorey in valley sides and bottoms. Most common between 600 to 1400m, scarce below or above.
The diet consists almost entirely of fruit (red or orange from understorey shrubs), some nectar and insects.
A polygynous species. At the dispersed leks each male has a small territory. The female builds a pear-shaped nest from moss and palm fibres, lined with leaves. The 3 white eggs are incubated by the female. Males take little or no part in incubation or care of young.
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