Plain-looking large laughingthrush; dusty-brown overall, with pale orange eyes and a dark chestnut forehead patch. Also note warmer rufous tones on wings and tail. Despite its drab appearance, this species is unfortunately nonetheless under intense pressure for the cagebird trade, and has disappeared from much of its montane forest habitat. Song is a long, descending series of shrill notes. Calls are variable; sharp yapping notes are frequently given. Travels in small to medium-sized flocks, sometimes mixing with other species.