Poftoph is based on the real life Collared Dove, the Pokémon shares the similar white-grey body colour of the creature it's based on, the Pokémon has a larger head and eye relative to its body however and has a shorter tail that has large curved tail feathers that when the Pokémon is attempting to intimidate other Pokémon will frill outwards similar to a Japanese Fan showing light blue and purple feathers beneath the main tail feathers. The Pokémon also has a tuft of feathers around its neck where the "collar" would be that appear similar to the collar on a jacket, these feathers are blue-ish in colour with small speckles of purple mixed in as well.
The Pokémon's underbelly is bright white with a single blue stripe that runs down the middle before terminating before its legs. Poftoph has short stubby legs which are grey in colour although the Males have a single blue stripe visible on each leg just above their feet. They have four talons on each foot, three forward facing and one backward facing talon, the talons are relatively short however. The most noticeable feature of the Pokémon however is its curved beak, which angles down at a maximum of about 30 degrees from the proximal end, the beak is a midnight blue colour with two yellow dots located around the Pokémon's nostrils.