A medium-sized honeyeater of forest and edge from the lowlands to mid-mountains. Almost complete lack of field marks, the best ID feature. It has a small-headed and small-billed appearance, and overall color is dull gray-brown apart from birds in SE New Guinea which are more rufous-brown. Solitary and inconspiduous. Little Shrikethrush has a thicker bill, Tawny-breasted Honeyeater, a facial pattern and Tawny Straightbill has pinkish legs and a straight, pointed bill. Call, a soft “wi-wi-wi” repeated at intervals.