male: The forehead and sides of the head are bright
rufous (reddish-brown). The top of the head is bluish-grey
extending to the back of the neck. The upper mantle
and sides of the neck are glassed violaceous or amethyst
purple. The lower mantle, scapulars, tertials and
inner wing-coverts are dark olive-brown. The outermost
lower scapulars, tertials and three innermost greater
wing-coverts have black subterminal spots on outerwebs,
giving a distinctive wing pattern. The outer wing-coverts
are dark grey with a brownish wash. The outer seconadries
and primaries are blackish-brown grading to greyish-brown
on the inner secondaries. The outer primaries are
narrowly edged buff-brown on the outerwebs. Outer
primaries narrowly edged buff-brown on outwebs. The
back, rump and uppertail-coverts are warm olive-brown
grading to blackish-brown on the inner rectrices.
The tail is less graduated than Z. macroura and tipped
grey not white. The outer rectrices are pale grey
with a narrow subterminal black line on the innerwebs.
The next two pairs are tipped pale grey with grey
bases separated by black subterminal spots, and next
three pairs dull grey with black subterminal spots.
The chin and throat are cinnamon-buff, face with a
short black streak below the eye. The face and breast
are rich rufous-cinnamon grading to duskier rufous
on the belly and undertail-coverts. The undertail
is white at the base becoming grey towards the blackish-grey
tips. Wing linings are greyish-brown and the underside
of the flight feathers is dull brown. Iris is black
or brown. Orbital skin is cobalt-blue and the bill
is black with variable amounts in gape. The legs and
feet bright are coral-red.
female: Generally duller brown above and less rufous
below, with much reduced bloom to plumage in breeding
plumage. The wings, back and tail are very similar
to the male but darker and duller brown. The head
is more uniform brown extending to the mantle. The
sides of the neck have reduced iridescence. The throat
is rufous-brown grading to dull brown on the rest
of the underparts and the undertail-coverts.
Generally duller and darker brown overall with rather
buffier hue below. The scapulars wing-coverts and
breast feathers are fringed buff-brown. There is no
iridescence on the neck and the orbital skin is dull
reddish-purple. The feet and tarsi are dull red.