A tiny nondescript bird with a pale and bulky curved bill. Endemic to the Indian subcontinent where it can occur in any habitat that is not too dry, too wet, or too high. Shows a particular fondness for Singapore Cherry berries. Often only seen in flight making a fast “thik-thik” call that recalls Nilgiri or Plain Flowerpecker. Songs include a unique high-pitched trill. When not singing, a view of the bill is essential to identify the species in any region where either of Nilgiri or Plain flowerpecker is also present.