A distinctive thrush with chocolate-brown upperparts, a dark head with a conspicuous pale eye-ring, a black throat, and a white belly. Also shows rows of clean white spots on wings. Juveniles show pale streaking above, a buffy underside, and irregular black, buff, and rufous mottling below. Inhabits deep undergrowth, typically foraging on the ground singly or in pairs, within forests of foothills and lower mountains. Perches low in the understory also. Restricted to Buru, where it is the only thrush. Melodious song, characteristic of thrushes, comprises short whistles and scratchy notes. Also gives a shrill, drawn-out “seeeeeeeet” call note.