Nondescript plain brown bulbul with dull red eyes. Buffy brown vent distinguishes it from similar red-eyed form of Cream-vented Bulbul. Has neither the olive wing patches of Olive-winged Bulbul nor the streaked ear coverts of Streak-eared Bulbul. Red eye is not surrounded by the orangist eyering of Spectacled Bulbul. Forages primarily in the middle and upper levels of forest, often with other species in mixed flocks. Song is a relatively monotonous series of upslurred whistles.