27 cm. Very similar to formerly conspecific P.discurs (see Taxonomy comments). Head bright green strongly suffused powder-blue on crown (but green on forehead), upperparts mid-green, wings green darker on inner webs of flight feathers, outer primaries blue-green, underwing-coverts green and underside of flight feathers greenish-blue, underparts light yellowish green, uppertail green, the outermost tail feathers blue at base with black tips; undertail strongly suffused blue, spatules blackish (longer than in P. discurus); bare parts: bill whitish, iris dark brown, and legs and feet grey. Sexes basically alike, although female has shorter tail racquets. Immature has less blue on crown and lacks tail racquets.
Part of the P. platenae clade (which see). Until recently considered conspecific with P. discurus, but differs in its soft (matt) powder-blue vs bright (glossy) turquoise mid-crown to hindcrown (3), matt green vs bright glossy emerald-green face (lores, ear-coverts, moustachial area) (2), and longer tail (effect size 4.2, score 2); split reinforced by genetic findings (1). Has sometimes been considered conspecific with P. flavicans (but recent reinforcement of split, when united with P. discurus (2, 1) ), and previously with P. platenae. Monotypic.
Mindoro (NC Philippines).
Occurs in humid forest, mainly in lowlands, but reported to 1670 m.
Diet and Foraging
Sounds and Vocal Behavior
No known differences from P. discurus.