Yellowish-brown bulbul that looks as if a chrysanthemum exploded and plastered itself onto its face. On the rest of the body, yellow is strongest on the wings and tail. Prefers lowland secondary growth and edges (only occasionally and locally in foothills), and can be found in forested patches near fields, rivers, and plantations. Does not stray deeply into pristine forests. Like many other edge-dwelling bulbuls, typically forages at middle to lower levels. Song is throaty and melodious.