Dull brown bulbul with paler underparts and gray streaking behind the ear. Burmese birds are substantially browner than populations in other parts of Southeast Asia, which have olive-tinged wings and a pale yellow vent. Common in lowland open forests and edges, including forested field fringes, parks, and gardens. The common rural (and oftentimes urban) bulbul throughout much of its range. Calls and songs are harsh and somewhat dry-sounding, without the melodic, musical quality of some other bulbuls.