Size: L: 25 cm. Wt: 90-100 g. Males and females are similar, although males are slightly smaller. This species is not seasonally dimorphic.

Adult: upperparts deep brown, with white nape; black band across white forehead, and broad white eyestripe; underparts white, with two broad black bands across breast; bill short, straight, black; legs tawny brown

Nestling: underparts, face, and nape whitish, with black band across upper breast; narrow black stripes across forehead and through eye, meeting behind eye and extending to ear coverts; crown, back and wings brownish, speckled with white and black; bill dark, with orange base; legs grey