Unfortunately, like many other birds named for back characteristics, the fluffiness of this babbler’s upperparts are not typically visible. It is nonetheless a handsome and attractive bird, with a chestnut crown, a jet-black throat, and electric blue skin patches on the face and neck. Forages in dense lower levels of vegetation in lowland and hill forests. Vocalizations are variable; most commonly heard is a quiet hooting series of around 4–5 notes. Calls include harsh churrs, rattles, and croaks.