Variable small robin-like skulker of the forest floor and mid-story. Upperparts are rusty-brown and underparts are buff-apricot to rufous (varying in intensity); some populations have a white belly and throat. Broad eyebrow is blue-gray with a white spot above the lores. Pairs can be common but inconspicuous in lowland primary and secondary forest, preferring the understory, but when vocal it sits calling from mid-canopy. Song a sweet rolling repeated “tuwuyu-teelu”. Does not overlap with other akalats in range or habitat choice.