An unapologetically drab and unmarked fulvetta, often seen in association with mixed-species foraging flocks. Brown with a gray wash to the head; Southeast Asian birds have a thin black brow line that Indian birds lack. Lacks the bright white eye-ring and more prominent brow stripe of Nepal and Yunnan Fulvettas. Inhabits hill and montane forest, where it forages actively in forest and forest edge. Song consists of a brief or mid-length phrase of pleasant-sounding whistles, usually with a short ascending note toward the end. Calls include loud sputtery chattering and rattling.