Medium-sized bird of rainforest canopy. Male unmistakable if seen in good light; female is conspicuously scalloped all over. In both sexes, note small-headed profile accentuated by plump body. Generally uncommon in lowland forest; usually seen alone or in pairs at fruiting trees or perched on high bare branches. Takes fruit in short, fluttering sallies. Female is darker brown and more uniformly scalloped than other cotingas. Call is a mournful whistle, recalling Dusky-capped Flycatcher.