A small, attractive shrike with a rufous back and rump, a gray cap and neck, and a black mask through the eyes. Usually shows a small white patch on the front of the wing. Uncommon and local in moist savanna habitats, usually in pairs or small groups. Not very vocal, but does give a series of whistles and low, scratchy notes. Similar to migratory Red-backed Shrike, but smaller, with a rufous rather than gray rump.