male: From the forehead to about the middle of the
top of the head is golden-buff becoming paler straw-colored
near the bill. Bill is dark grey tinted with purplish-red
on the base. The iris is brown or dark brown and
the orbital skin is bluish. From about the top of
the head to the nape is bright iridescent green,
reflecting turquoise in some lights and bordered
behind by a band of deep royal purple extending
from the rear of the ear feathers across the nape.
The lores are blackish-grey. The ear feathers and
supercilium behind the eye are grey. The back of
the neck, mantle and sides of breast are dark olive-brown
glossed with purple and green according to the angle.
Scapulars and tertials are dark olive brown, with
the uppertail slightly warmer brown. The outer two
feathers on each side are blacker and broadly tipped
pale grey especially on the outermost pair. The
chin and throat are pale grey shading into darker
grey on the breast and belly. Thighs are slightly
warmer grey-brown than the flanks. Undertail feathers
are dull brown-grey. The underwing-coverts and axillaries
are dark brown with broad buff and white tips to
some feathers forming a barred pattern. Underside
of the primaries and secondaries are dark grey-brown.
The feet are pinkish-red.
female: As male but duller.
Juveniles are generally brown with the yellow and
white parts of the plumage replaced by creamy-rufous
and many of the feathers edged rufous. Nape-band
is a dull purplish-brown.