Energetic and pugnacious little dark-brown vanga. The eye is brown, and the underparts are grayish. Madagascar endemic that is found in eastern rainforest, mainly at middle elevations. Constantly on the move through the mid-story, usually in pairs. Song is a complicated up-and-down warble. Darker eye and darker overall coloration separate it from Common Newtonia. Much duller coloration than the rare Red-tailed Newtonia.