A uniformly dark starling with a purplish-glossy sheen to the head and chest and a greener sheen on the body. Eye red. Pale brown wing feathers distinctive and diagnostic. Prefers forest and forest edge up to 750 meters of elevation, and up to 1200 meters on Guadalcanal. Common call is a melodic, metallic “pink pink.” Song is a medley of metallic warbles, chips, squeaks, and other sounds.