A large ground pigeon of foothill and lower montane forest. Yellow legs, red bill, black head, underparts and tail with chestnut wings and back. Some races have a crest or pale patch on the back of the neck, and rump with a purple or green sheen. Forages on the forest floor while constantly wagging its tail. Appears more like a game bird than a pigeon, but the combination of black and chestnut make it unmistakeable. Call, an introductory note followed by a descending mournful whistle “pu-wiuuuuuu!”.