A large blackish-blue pheasant. Short white crest; upper back and elongated central tail feathers silvery-white. Scapulars purple-maroon. Plumage generally velvety-black, glossed with iridescent blue-green scaling on upper-parts and streaks on underparts. Facial area and wattles are red. Female: Smaller; general plumage grayish-brown with fine barring on wings. Wings and tail dark chestnut. Lacks crest and has reduced red facial wattles. Underparts cinnamon with black barring. Iris, brown; bill, yellowish-horn; legs, red.