A glossy black bird with a pair of yellow wattles on the nape and a white wing patch.  Very pale grey eye, black-based orange-red bill.  Sexes alike.  This can be easily distinguished from the Southern Hill Myna (the only other Sri Lankan bird with which this can be confused) by the presence of only a single pair of wattles.  This Myna inhabits the forests and well wooded country of the wet zone ascending the hills to at least 2000 metres.  Lives in pairs or small parties.