Medium-sized, distinctively patterned myna with patch of bare circumorbital skin extending to form a blue wedge behind eye. Nominate race has head, mantle and upper back black, feathers broadly tipped with glossy oily green, broad collar on hindneck and side of neck creamy orange; feathers of lower back to uppertail-coverts elongated and degraded, with deep orange tips; wing dark brown, white patch on inner webs of outer and innermost primaries (PI and P9) and on both webs of other primaries, forming conspicuous wingbar in flight: tail black with slight green gloss; chin, throat and belly black with oily-green gloss, breast feathers black with broad orange-yellow tips, lower belly and vent yellow, undertail-coverts creamy white: iris yellow, bare circumorbital skin dark blue; bill and legs yellow. Sexes alike. Juvenile has yellow areas of plumage duller than adult and mottled with black, underparts black with yellow scaling. Races differ in plumage pattern: orientalis has forehead and crown glossy-yellow orange, with orange-yellow stripes extending down on each side of hindcrown to join glossy orange-yellow collar; robertsoni has entire crown and nape glossy orange.