Predominantly found in wet beech, eucalypt or paperbark forests, this generally shy treecreeper-like bird feeds on small insects, which it gleans mainly from the trunk and branches of trees. It is brownish with a grey face and conspicuous white eyering and small wingbar. The underparts are buffalong the flanks and cream belly. Often seen climbing up and down the trunks of trees, along branches or within the upper foliage of shrubs, but will also occasionally descend to the ground to forage amongst the leaf litter. It is endemic to Tasmania and is found wherever suitable habitat occurs. A second subspecies occurs on King Island.