Handsome wren of tropical lowlands and foothills. Favors thorn forests, thickets, woodlands, and plantations, often with fairly open understory. Forages mainly at low to middle levels, often on or near the ground. Varied songs are loud and resonant, typically with rapid series of rich whistles. Plumage distinctive, with bold white eyebrow and whitish underparts with bold black barring on sides and flanks.