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Races including nominate:
|38cm (14.8 in)
Male-grey head and upperparts; green and cheeks; area around eyes green; blue tinge on forecrown; black chin and stripe on lower cheeks; black collar encircling hindneck, bordered below by green/blue band; green/blue lower back to upper tail coverts; green upper wing coverts scalloped with yellow/green; yellow/green underparts washed with pale blue; blue central tail feathers tipped with yellow, the side tail feathers green tipped with yellow; red upper mandible tipped with yellow, brown lower mandible. Eye yellow. Female- green/blue band around hindneck absent; green on face and forecrown minimal; pale green mantle, breast and abdomen, often suffused with grey. Bill black.
Grey of head and upper parts green instead; black stripe across cheeks and around collar duller and narrower; blue/green band under black stripe absent. Bill pale orange in very young birds. Eye grey.
Calls are discordant and shrieky; also scolding. Also sharp notes repeated in short bursts. Listen now
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