IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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Colourization Adult: A.e. erythropterus: male-body colour bright green, with blue tint on hindcrown and occiput; black mantle, upper back and scapulars; deep blue on lower back, turning to paler blue on rump; bright red lesser, median and inner secondary wing coverts; black outer secondary coverts tipped with green; green tail tipped with yellow. Bill orange/red tipped with paler orange/red. Eye orange/red. Female- green of body is duller; dull green mantle, upper back and scapulars; dull blue lower back and rump; dull red outer, median and inner secondary wing coverts; black outer secondary coverts tipped with green; side tail feathers margined with red/pink on inner webs. Bill dull orange tipped with brown. Eye brown/orange. A.e. coccineopterus: male-differs from erythropterus in that there is stronger suffusion of blue on hindcrown and occiput; slightly paler red of upper wing coverts; slightly smaller in size. Female-as in erythropterus, but dull green of wings and upper back more yellow. Slightly smaller in size. Colourization Juvenile: A.e. erythropterus: as in adult female, but in males black bases to secondaries form band at bottom edge of upper wing coverts, and yellow/green margins to secondary coverts give scalloped appearance. Bill orange/yellow. Eye pale brown. Call: Calls given in flight or soon after landing are sharp notes; when alarmed a repetitious, harsh chikking noise. While feeding emits soft, melodious chattering.


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Source: Birds of Papua New Guinea

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