Large, slim, dark, long-billed vanga. Males are glossy black, females are rich brown with dark bars, and both sexes show a piercing pale eye. Rare and localized Madagascar endemic that is found in northeastern rainforest at low and middle elevations, usually in swampy areas with abundant pandanus. Feeds in the mid-story, moving restlessly. Often joins flocks with other large vangas. Call is a squeaky, explosive “cheedt” that is given frequently.