A medium-sized honeyeater of montane forest and subalpine scrub. Gray color with heavy streaks over the whole body other than the plain throat, rufous flanks, long, curved bill and a gray eye. Forages at flowering shrubs and cocks its tail. Similar to Rufous-backed and Rufous-sided Honeyeaters, but Gray-streaked is larger with a gray eye and lacks any rufous on the upperparts. Call, a single, falling, plaintive whistle “piiiiiiuuuuu” sometimes given in a falling series. Also gives a nasal “wek!”.