A cute and dumpy black, gray, and white flycatcher-like bird with striking red eye-wattles and white wing-stripes. The sexes differ: male has a broad black chest band and dark gray upperparts; female has completely white underparts and is duller gray above. Juvenile browner, lacking eye-wattles. Pairs are resident, flitting around the middle canopy of dry thickets, gallery forest, and mangroves in coastal northwest Angola and the adjacent Democratic Republic of Congo. Calls include a repeated grating “grrrrt-grrrt-grrrt” interspersed with clicks and buzzing notes, similar to other wattle-eyes. Black-thrated Wattle-eye marginally overlaps in the north of White-fronted Wattle-eye’s range, but it differs by the male being darker above and lacking white above the bill, and by the female having a brown throat.