Length 19-22 cm, mass 31 g
Dark, slightly crested head, black bill, prominent red eye ring. Brown back and tail, yellow vent, light brown breast shading downwards to white belly.
Dry savannah, riverine woodland, and gardens.
Noisy and lively like other bulbuls. Will join bird parties, very alert, and responds noisily to any perceived threat such as a mongoose or a snake.
Feeds on fruit, insects, pollen and nectar.
Monogamous. The cup nest is built by the female.