Visually striking cotinga with an intricate plumage pattern and a long, deeply-forked tail, which is yellow at the base and darker towards the tip. Note the black cap contrasting with a pale bill, yellow chin, and a pied scaly shawl. The back is spotted olive and black and the underparts are yellow and white with odd spots. Usually seen perched on the top of trees at forest edges and in woodlands and open areas with scattered trees. Usually silent.