A small brown dove with a disproportionately long, broad tail. Both sexes have a dark brown back and wings and a orange-brown head and underparts. A glossy emerald-green patch on the neck can be surprisingly visible, even in the gloom of the undergrowth of the broadleaf evergreen forest this species prefers. Female has several large black dots on the chest that the male lacks. Like most cuckoo-doves, elusive and often difficult to see well. Gives a long series of bouncy hoots.