Adult upperparts are streaked with dark to reddish brown, with gray cheeks, eyebrows and central crown stripe. The tail is long and rounded at the tip. In flight, the tail often pumps up and down. Underparts are whitish, with light to heavy, brown to red-brown streaking. Note the white throat with heavy dark "whiskers" (malar stripe). The song is three or four whistled introductory notes, followed by two slurred notes and a descending jumble of warbling whistles and trills. The call is a distinctive dull, nasal "tchep."