56–61 cm 224 g. Bill read above, black below; head pale grey with a black frontal band extending to the eye and broad black band from lower mandible and chin to sides of the neck, sometimes extending as very faint pale brown collar round hindneck; rest of body grass green, tail tinged yellowish-grey and tipped yellowish. Female has head strongly tinted blue, upper mandible black. Immature undescribed.
Nicobar Is: on Great and Little Nicobar, Menchal and Kondul.
Diet and Foraging
Ripe fruits of Pandanus are extensively used.
Sounds and Vocal Behavior
Not well documented. Vocalizations overall loud and raucous, including a crow-like drawn-out “krraah”. Also a steeply upslurred “shrek!” and a modulated “shee-wack!”.
No information from the wild. An egg laid in captivity measured 38·2 mm × 25·6 mm (1).
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Currently considered Near Threatened. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Apparently common; many birds are caught for the local cagebird trade, but much habitat remains on the islands.