These white-browed piculet species have high forest dependence. These species normally occur in altitudes from 250 to 2600 meters.
The crown of the white-browed piculet is olive-green. There is a whitish streak above the eye (eyebrow region), which extends a little behind the eye. There is a small golden-yellow patch on the forehead of the male.
The upperparts of these white-browed piculet are olive-green with chestnut tinge. The rump is chestnut. The short tail is blackish. The underparts are cinnamon or rufous. The undertail is olive-green.
The bill is gray. The eye is surrounded by reddish bare skin. The irises are red. The feet are yellowish orange and have only three toes.
The natural ecosystems of these white-browed piculet species include tropical and subtropical moist montane forests, moist lowland forests, primary forests, dry deciduous forests, dry shrublands, bamboo forests, marshes, rivers, streams and pools.