They are largely a grey bird with a conspicuous yellow breast and, depending on the subspecies, a yellow or olive-green rump. The bill is black and the eye dark brown. Though the sexes appear similar, young birds are brown with cream-coloured streaks.Often seen perching sideways on the trunks of tall trees, Western Yellow Robins inhabit eucalyptus forests and woodlands, especially where there are dense shrubs and a layer of leaf litter. They pounce onto insects and other invertebrates which are on the ground, and they sometimes stay on the ground to eat them.
Their mournful piping calls are a characteristic of the western forests, often calling from before first light in the morning. Their name "Eopsaltria means "Dawn Harpist" early to sing & late to go to bed. Its call is a monotone "piping", harsh "chit", double "choop choop"