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Males have a mostly velvety grey chest and head, changing gradually to white on the remaining underparts, The back, tail, and wing-coverts are dark iridescent green with a purplish tinge (especially on the wing-coverts), and the crown and eye-stripe are black. The bill is stout and the eyes are set far back in the face. The legs and feet are small, and the feet have an unusual structure which has confused many ornithologists, but is now thought to be zygodactylous (two toes forwards, two toes backwards)
This wild bird obviously likes human company and is a common visitor to this information office of the park and trails area.