A small to medium-sized bird of lowland and foothill forest interior. Slate-gray above with white spots in the wing, white below, black face and silver-gray bill. Undertail is white with a black band in the base and thin black line at the tip. Forages actively at all levels. Unique plumage. Hooded monarch also has a white belly but lacks the gray back and spots in the wing. Voice, high-pitch whistles or nasal, buzzy calls.