A small babbler of tropical lowland and foothill rainforest, including secondary growth. Reddish-brown upperparts with a pale gray face and chest, becoming whitish on the belly. Bare, blue skin around the eye, with vocalizing birds also showing blue skin on the neck. Typically encountered in pairs or small flocks, foraging in the midstory. Brown Fulvetta is somewhat similar but lacks the blue skin around the eye. Song is an ethereal, owl-like series of hooting trills, but also gives noisy rattling and chipping call notes.