37 cm. Bill pale bluish grey; forehead and face green; crown to hindneck rich blue with red patch in mid-crown; breast, sides of neck, nape and mantle dull olive-yellow shading to yellowish green on underparts and to dull green on back and wings and tail, with blackish spatules. Female has blue reduced or even absent, and no red on crown. Immature like female but even less blue, no spatules.
Part of the P. discurus clade (see that species). Sometimes considered conspecific with P. discurus, but case for species status recently reinforced . Monotypic.
N peninsula of Sulawesi and associated islands (Bangka, Lembeh) and Togian Is.
Primary lowland forest to around 1000 m, occasionally in stands of trees at forest margins.
Diet and Foraging
Sounds and Vocal Behavior
When perched utters several harsh nasal screeches. Also a harsh grating “krraaa”, often given in series, and higher-pitched squeaky notes.
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Currently considered near-threatened. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Not as common as P. platurus and usually only seen singly or in pairs, but still fairly numerous overall; especially common in Dumoga-Bone National Park. Nevertheless, extensive forest loss in lowland areas within the range of this bird has raised concerns for its long-term prospects.