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Adult M.p. pusio: both adults forehead and sides of head buff/brown, paler in female; centre of crown and occiput dark blue, less noticeable in female; underwing coverts yellow/brown; undertail coverts yellow; centre tail feathers dark blue, the feathers on the side blue/black. Bill grey. Eye brown. M.p. beccarii: both adults in general darker in colour; forehead and sides of head darker brown. M.p. harterti: both adults less yellow on underparts; blue suffusion on throat; head markings duller. M.p. stresemanni: both adults as in harteri, but more yellow underparts; slightly larger in size.Colourization Juvenile: M.p. pusio: as in adults but crown and occiput green; brown on sides of head duller. Bill pale yellow tipped with grey/brown. M.p. beccarii: as in adults. M.p. harterti: as in adults. M.p. stresemanni: as in adults. Call: While in flight a continuous ssii...ssii or high-pitched tseet-tseet. Alarm call a repetitious note szeeei...szeeei. Silent while feeding, with occasional contact calls to others.