Typical white-eye; greenish above and grayish below with broad white spectacles around the eyes. Darker gray belly and more extensive yellow on the belly than in the marginally smaller Oriental White-eye. Inhabits foothill and montane forest edges, gardens, and secondary growth, occasionally around human habitation. Gregarious, often foraging in large flocks, both single-species and mixed. Moves through the upper levels of forest, though can descend into middle and lower levels in edge. Song consists of repetitive twittering; also gives whistles and buzzy notes while in flight and when foraging.