A drab flycatcher of lowland forest, edge, and scrub. Longish-billed with a rufous tinge to entire upperparts. Pale center to the throat, and gray chest blending to whitish belly and base to the undertail. Singles and pairs inhabit understory, often joining mixed-species flocks. Can be separated from the smaller Sumba Brown and Sumba Flycatchers by the entirely dark bill, the lack of rufous sides, and the overall darker appearance. Sings a thrush-like song with repeated “too-wee-woo” phrases.