Rich brown above and pale below, with a streaked belly and, on the wing underside, a dark bar between shoulder and wrist. The tail is usually pale below and cinnamon-red above, though in young birds it’s brown and banded. “Dark-morph” birds are all chocolate-brown with a warm red tail. “Rufous-morph” birds are reddish-brown on the chest with a dark belly.
An erect plant about 2 mtrs tall with soft green, broad leaves and short racemes of bright orange pea flowers with deep red centres. The pods were interesting in themselves- a pale orange in colour and flat & triangular in shape. Leaves looked like they would be frost-resistant.
Smooth, purple-brown skin lightening to pink in creases and on underparts. Their naked skin is sensitive and looses water rapidly and must be protected from the sun. Hippos secrete through pores in their skin a viscous fluid, pigmented red, that seems to at as an antibiotic and sunblock rolled into one. Feet have 4 webbed toes.