The most noticeable feature of this small bird is the bright sky-blue, fleshy fold of skin surrounding each of its green eyes. The broad, flattened and slightly hooked bill is also a pale blue, and the crown is purple, bordered by a greyish collar. The back is purple, turning to a bright chestnut on the rump and tail. The wings are black with prominent white and lilac bands. The underparts are lilac, becoming yellowish-white on the lower belly. The male and female are similar, except the female has a pure white breast and belly, whilst juveniles are duller than adults (2).
- Length: 14.5 – 15 cm (2)
- 33.5 – 41.5 (2)