Small, slim dark starling. The eyes are brown, and females show large chestnut patches in the wings in flight. Found in the canopy of montane forest, usually in small flocks; often perches out conspicuously on dead snags and other open perches. Vocalizations include simple whistles and squeaky, peevish-sounding notes. Similar to Waller’s Starling, but smaller and slimmer, with brown rather than red eyes, and only females have reddish wing patches.