Long-tailed, tree-dwelling bird with gray upperparts and pale underparts. Bare facial skin is purple and blue. Inquisitive, restless bird that bounces through the trees, often in thick and spiny vegetation. Found locally in southwestern spiny forest at low elevation. Most frequent call is a very dry rasp. Similar to Crested Coua, but unlike the southwestern Crested Coua, has white rather than brick-red undertail. Verreaux’s Coua can also be distinguished by the black tip to its longer and messier crest, and by the lack of orange on the chest.