Glossy black except for wings which are bright rufous-chestnut, eyes dark red. Makes foraging flights from rocky outcrops. Forms flocks in winter. Forages in trees and on ground. Hops.
Food: almost omnivorous – vertebrates, invertebrates, fruit, nectar, lizards, mollusks, sandhoppers, scorpions, beetles, butterflies, caterpillars, bees, wasps, termites, fruits of many indigenous trees, nectar of aloes.