A medium-sized brown songbird in the honeyeater family with a long, downcurved bill. Lightly streaked and scalloped all over, its only conspicuous feature being a pale eye-ring. Singles and pairs occur in the understory of montane forest. Occurs at sites with the larger White-eared Myza, but Dark-eared shows an eye-ring rather than a spot below the eye, never shows rufous-toned underparts, and usually prefers lower elevations. Song consists of a rising trill. Also gives grating “kip-kip-kip….” call notes.