An endemic Laughingthrush that tends to keep to the undergrowth but will come out to the road; not shy. Usually in small parties of 3-5 birds. Found at altitudes of 1,000-2,500 metres ASL (Avifauna of Taiwan, 2nd edition) but will come lower in winter.
A brightly coloured bird, but required good light to appreciate all the features. The striking feature is the yellow-orange patch in front of the eyes (loral streak) that gives it a “head-lamp” appearance, especially end on. Has yellow-orange streaks radiating from the face/ear-coverts as well as forehead. Tertials and secondary coverts chestnut-orange. Black with white tips at ends of tail and secondary coverts. Terminal end of underside of tail is graduated with lovely yellow-orange vent feathers with maroon centres.