It is mostly black and white, with a large yellow wing patch and yellow sides on the tail. It has a small white ear patch, a thin white whisker at the base of the bill and a white eye. This honeyeater is an active bird, and rarely sits still long enough to give an extended view. Females are slightly smaller in size. Young birds are browner and have a grey eye. It's range extends throughout southern Australia, from about Brisbane, Queensland, to just north of Perth, Western Australia.