The genus Ampeliceps contains a remarkable Myna which may be recognized by its bright black and yellow plumage and nude orbits.
In this genus the bill is shorter than the head, wide at the base, and the culmen well curved; the frontal feathers are curly, growing both upwards and inwards and inclining over the base of the bill; a large space round the eye is quite bare. The wing is very long and pointed, and the tail short and square.
The sexes of this species appear to me to be alike. Sharpe is of opinion that they differ; but the series of this bird in the British Museum is not sufficient to enable the question to be settled conclusively either one way or the other. Analogy points to the identity of the sexes, and Hume many years ago stated that they were identical.