IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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Head and face greyish black with a broad white superciliary line extending from base of upper mandible over and behind eye, throat and breast white, hindneck and sides of neck, mantle, scapulars and area bordering white throat and breast purple, rest of UpP and basal parts of purple feathers slaty black with faint greenish gloss on back, rump and inner secondaries, tail slaty black, outer feathers with grey tips, underparts below white breast shields very dark slate grey, iris dark brown, bill black, feet and legs purplish red. Female similar, but white breast buffy or greyish pink, underparts except area bordering breast shield part are paler slate grey, and purple tips to upperpart feathers are less extensive, giving the impression that the purple erae are motted greenish black. Juvenile dark brownish grey with rufous fringes to most feathers , in some birds, white or cream breast feathers appear in first moult, in others the first breast feathers are whitish grey (male) or dull grey (female).


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Source: Birds of Papua New Guinea

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