Mid-sized warbler with a long tail. Rufous overall, with a white throat and pale eye-line. Found in various open montane habitats, including bracken, heath, dense scrub, and forest edge. Skulks in the understory, though sometimes emerges into the open. The song starts with one or a couple of high notes, followed by a low, loose trill. The call is a peevish “tree-aat.” Similar to Evergreen-forest Warbler, but in most of the range distinguished by much more rufous overall coloration. Around the Albertine Rift, distinguished from the rufous local subspecies of Evergreen-forest Warbler by the well-defined white throat.