(464) 20 cm; 54 g
SEXES Alike. Bright red face, throat and upper breast,
bordered by broad black collar. Shade of red varies from bright
scarlet to salmon pink. Rare xanthochroic (yellow replaces red) form
occurs. Large black bill.
JUV Lacks redface (which is initially brownish atf/edging).
STATUS Common resident and widely distributed; also in
urban areas where suitable fruit trees occur. Usually in pairs.
HABITAT Mostly well-wooded habitats, especially
riparian, where fruitbearing trees are abundant.
FOOD Mainly frugivorous, and partial to figs. Also
takes insects and nectar.
CALL Synchronised duet, one bird giving two, the other
pouddle, creating two-pouddle, two-pouddle... repeated 10-20 times
with the birds usually facing each other and bobbing their heads.
BR Probably monogamous; sometimes with nest helpers.
Excavates hole (diameter usually 45-55 mm) in dead tree stump.
Parasitised by Lesser Honeyguide, also to some extent by Greater
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