Tiny, short-tailed, streaky, brown cisticola. Has a longer tail in non-breeding plumage. Found in fynbos and grassland habitats. Inconspicuous for most of the year. Usually seen when doing a flight display over its breeding habitat. The song consists of an ascending series of high whistles, followed by lower “chek” notes, which sometimes continue as the bird dives to the ground. Very similar to other small, short-tailed cisticolas, especially in non-breeding plumage. Best distinguished by voice.