A dingy, entirely blackish starling with a long graduated tail and a dark eye. Juvenile shorter-tailed and browner than adult, with streaks below. Gregarious, often found in noisy groups, occurring in a variety of wooded habitats within the lowlands and foothills. Duller than Metallic Starling, with a dark eye and a shorter tail. Vocalizations include metallic “zip” and whining “weeer” call notes. Song is a bold set of uneven “glee-gloo-glee-gloo” notes.