A rare, medium-sized honeyeater of lowland forests. Warm-brown above, orange-brown below, pinkish legs, a pale reddish eye and a dagger-shaped bill. Searches dead leaves for insects in mixed-species flocks. Similar in color and size to some races of Little Shrike-Thrush and also Plain Honeyeater, but Tawny Straightbill has a thinner, sharper bill and a reddish eye. Song, a descending series of upslurred whistles. Call, a “whip!” note.