A medium-sized bird of montane forest. Brown upperparts with dotted edge to the wing, pale buff underparts, blue cap edged with black, black crown spot, long white stripe behind the eye and an eye-ring, broken by a black line at the back. Deliberate movements, scanning carefully for insects. The blue crown and facial markings are unique. Upbeat song “toowa-tee!” reminiscent of a New World spinetail. Interspersed with a dry “wik”.