A small seedeater of the Ethiopian highlands. The back and tail are brown and the head and underparts are heavily streaked. Note the faint narrow pale eyebrow stripe and the white spot below the eye. Found very locally in steep and rocky montane areas with grassland or heath, usually in small groups. Similar to Streaky Seedeater, but much smaller, slimmer, and smaller-billed, with a less strongly marked head. The calls are quiet twitters and rattles.