A medium-sized bird of foothill and lowland forest canopy. Male is all black, and female has brown upperparts, orange-brown underparts and a paler brow. Several starlings are black but have a different shape and behaviour. Black Pitohui is usually at higher elevations and has a thicker, hooked bill. Female similar to female Gray-headed Cicadabird but lacks black in the wing and tail. Also similar to Rusty, some races of Northern Variable Pitohui and Piping Bellbird, but has a pale brow. Voice, a long downward whistle and a rapid, repeated “wek-wek-wek…”.