A large, dark honeyeater with a long, heavy decurved bill. Long bill and tail almost give the impression of a hornbill in flight. Plain brown above and mottled gray-brown below, with a speckled face and neck. Tail long and brown with a pale tip. Found in montane forest above 750 meters of elevation. Common song is a three-noted, whistled “pu-de-leet” that increases in pitch.