A shy, medium-sized ground bird of montane forest. Velvety black plumage with long legs, a fairly short tail and a bulbous head. Eye color is red in male and brown in female. Hops around looking for food. Somewhat similar to Blue-gray and Smoky Robins, but Lesser Melampitta is larger and black rather than gray. More often heard than seen. Call, a rather unbirdlike “klik!” or “puk-klik!”.