A large glossy-black starling with a strong bill. The very long and pointed tail and large red wing panels are conspicuous in flight. Males have a dark head and females a contrastingly pale-gray one. Found around cliffs and other rocky areas in a wide variety of dry habitats. Most similar to Slender-billed Starling, but generally found in drier habitats, and has a thicker bill and a more pointed tail. Also similar to Socotra and Red-winged Starlings, but has a much longer and more pointed tail. Gives scratchy calls and more musical whistles.