A distinctive pheasant with bare red facial skin, a backward-pointing crest, and a vertically compressed tail. Males are iridescent black and silver. Females are grayish-brown. Occurs in forested areas, usually in the mountains. Introduced to the Hawaiian Islands where it is common on Hawaii and local in Waianae Mountains of western Oahu. Males give a soft crow, other calls include low grunts and high-pitched squeals.