A large, odd-looking parrotbill with a big yellow bill. Note the white face bordered by a black ear-patch and breast. Inhabits wetlands with tall reeds and grasses. Calls include a loud, nasal “cr-crwee-crwee-crwee-...” and some other repeated non-nasal notes such as “whit-whit-whit-...”. Forages among reeds in pairs or small groups.