The size of the male is between 135 to 150 centimetres long and the female is smaller. Its casque is large in size which turns upwards, and is a red-yellow colour on the front and black behind. Its bill is ivory white with black markings behind and along the edges. Its plumage colour is black above and white on its belly. Its tail is white with a black bar across the middle.
This noisy bird lives in primary forests and the lowlands up to 200 meters above sea level. They feed on fruits, insects and other birds. It nests the tree holes of big tall trees. In Indonesia, the species is found in Kalimantan, Java, Sumatra, Belitung and Bangka islands. Outside Indonesia it is only found in Malaysia.