A large, pied bird of lowland and foothill secondary forest and edges. Note the distinctive black hood extending to the chest, Also black back, edge to the wing and end of the tail. The rest of the plumage is white. Long, silvery bill with black tip. Similar to Black-backed Butcherbird, but Hooded is larger and has a black rather than white throat and chest. Typical butcherbird low, electronic warbles which it gives while raising and lowering its wings.