Slender oriole with a long tail and straight bill. Entirely black apart from the shoulders, which can be chestnut or yellow and the thighs, which can be yellow or black depending on the subspecies. Found at the edge of humid forests, in wooded savannas, and in urban parks and gardens. Builds a globe-shaped nest. In the nonbreeding season may accompany mixed-species flocks. The song is fast and variable including songs and calls of other birds.