A small bird of mid-montane forest. Fairly thick-bill, yellowish-tinged underparts, yellow tufts on the sides and a long tail with white outer edge. Female is dark olive above and paler below. Male is black above and grayish below. Similar to other berrypeckers but longer-tailed and shorter billed than Black, lacks the orange in the bill of Obscure and shorter-tailed than Fan-tailed. Voice, a high-pitch, jumbled, twittering song and a thin, whispy call.