A small thrush with a plump body and short, straight bill. Upperparts are bright blue in the male, gray-blue in the female. Underparts of both sexes are rusty on throat, breast and sides, with white on the belly and under the tail feathers. The female is paler below. They forage by watching on perches for insects and flying down to pick them up or catch them in the air. Song is a blurry whistled series of notes; call is “chuiree,” with a soft descent but rising near the end.