The smallest of the minivets. Males have slaty gray crown, cheeks and back. The throat and wings are black. The tail is black with pale yellow edges. The breast is orange, gradually fading into yellowish-white underparts. The black wings show a patch of orange. The female is duller than the male, with light gray upperparts, cheeks and crown; dark gray wings; white throat; and light yellow underparts. Both males and females show an orange rump. The species is usually seen in small flocks, frequently uttering their high-pitched “swee swee” call as they continuously move around feeding on insects, sometimes catching them mid-air like flycatchers. Inhabits thorny jungles and scrub patches.