A stunning little bird, extremely brightly-colored for a fulvetta. Body is lit up by yellow undersides and sunny orange patches on the wings. Coal-black head with a white ear is reminiscent of Coal Tit, but rounder and crestless. Color scheme loosely resembles that of Silver-eared Mesia, which is much larger and has a more elongated body shape. Travels in large, noisy flocks through dense mid- to high-altitude forests.