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This is a species found on smaller islands in the Bay of Bengal, eastward to the Solomon Islands, but oddly missing from some of the larger island and mainland regions, although it does breed on small, offshore islands up and down the Malaysian coast and around the northern end of Borneo. It is sensitive to human disturbance and seems to require natural coastal forests for nesting, although ranging more widely at other seasons. They are frequently seen in zoo collections.
Their black plumage looks dull in most lights, but is iridescent, with rich bronze, green, blue and purple highlights. The tail and undertail coverts are snow white. There is an odd three-lobed knob at the base of the beak. Acrylic on compressed hardboard.
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