Small honeyeater with black cap. Underparts white, upperparts light olive. Has white throat with white band behind the eye. Very similar in appearance to Black-chinned and White-naped honeyeaters but can easily be distinguished by presence of white skin around the eye. Juveniles are more brownish and have yellow bills. Typically found in pairs or small groups. Inhabits a variety of forest types; tends to favor areas near creeks or rivers.