A spectacular large, long-tailed bird of lowland and montane forest. Blackish, with glossy wings, a white-tipped tail, rufous underparts and back, a yellow bill, red skin in front of and behind the eye, and a white hood with a line of scaled feathers down from the bill and up over the crown. Forages at all levels for insects and other prey, particularly in vine tangles. Sometimes joins mixed-species flocks. Similar in size and shape to Red-crested Malkoha, but Scale-feathered has an obvious white hood. Call is a chilling, high-pitched shriek.