AppearanceForehead, crown, nape, lower face and ear-coverts bright chestnut ; lores black, continued as a band under the eye and ear-coverts ; wing-coverts, lower back and tertiaries green, the latter tipped with bluish; rump and upper tail-coverts pale shining blue; primaries and secondaries green, rufous on the inner webs, and all tipped dusky ; central tail-feathers bluish on the outer, and green on the inner webs ; the others green, margined on the inner web with brown and all tipped dusky ; sides of face, chin and throat yellow ; below this a broad band of chestnut extending to the sides of the neck and meeting the chestnut of the upper plumage ; below this again a short distinct band of black and then an ill-defined band of yellow ; remainder of lower plumage green, tipped with blue, especially on the vent and under tail-coverts.
The Javan sub-species, ''M. l. quinticolor'', differs in having the whole space from the bill down to the black pectoral band pure yellow without any chestnut, and in having the tail blue.
Race ''andamanensis'' found in the Andamans is slightly larger than the Indian race.
Iris crimson ; bill black ; legs dusky black ; claws dark horn-colour.
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