Highly sexually dimorphic. Male is brightly patterned in black and orange, while the female is totally lacking in terms of obvious field marks. Both sexes have dark eye, dark bill and long pointed wingtips. Adult male: Unmistakable black head, nape, back, wings and tail. Broad yellow-orange supercilium extends from the base of the bill to side of the nape, brilliant orange throat and equally bright yellow-orange breast and upper flanks, white belly and undertail coverts. Otherwise black upperparts marked by bold white wing patches and bright yellow rump; legs are dark. Adult female: Entirely earthy-brown. Eye dark with noticeable pale eye ring; covert, flight feathers and tertials have narrow buffy edges. Dirty whitish throat and underparts with brownish-gray flanks. Slightly reddish rump and base of upper tail. First spring male similar to adult male, but has gray on nape and sides of neck, gray-brown wings, a weaker supercilium, and the throat and breast are bright yellow with no orange tones. Juveniles similar to adult female.
Length: 13 (cm) Wingspan: 22 (cm)
Woodlands, forests, and shrubby thickets often near water.
Migratory. Forages in the mid-canopy.
Diet consists mainly of insects, sometimes seeds and berries.
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