Sexes alike. Greyish-brown plumage; broad whitish supercilium and dark stripe below eye distinctive; white outer tail feathers seen when bird flies. Dark stripe
may be slightly paler in female. Pairs or small parties; quiet for greater part of year, vocal when breeding (February–May); keeps to middle levels of trees, hopping about, sometimes coming to ground.
Light forests, edges of forest, cultivation, gardens in and around habitation.
Most of the country, south of Himalayan foothills; most common in low country.
Whistling wheet…wheet… and an interrogative, quickrepeated whi…whi…whi…whee thereafter; other trilling, pleasant notes when breeding.