Size: L: 13 cm. Wt: 13-14 g. Males and females are similar. This species is not seasonally dimorphic.

Adult: upperparts mottled tawny and dark brown, with white central crown stripe, buffy forehead, broad buffy-orange eyebrow, and chestnut streaks on nape; blue-grey ear patch; throat white; breast and sides bright, buffy-orange, with dark streaks; belly white; bill small, conical, with dark upper mandible and pinkish lower mandible; legs pinkish-orange

Juvenile: similar to adult, but upperparts plainer, with tawny crown stripe; breast and sides with heavier streaking; throat and belly buffy or pale greyish; bill and legs as in adult

Nestling: altricial and downy; down dull brown, sparse