A large starling with a long tail and a strong bill. Body and wings dull brown. Head sooty with a greenish sheen. Pale-tipped wing feathers give a scaled appearance. Most common in lowland forest and coastal vegetation. Polynesian Starling similar but much smaller and paler below with a pale wing panel. Calls include a one-note screech, whistles, rasping, and squeaking. Wings are loud in flight.