A drab flycatcher that is uncommon and localized across its range. Some of the key features include vague and blurry streaking on the breast and crown, short wings, and a bill that is dark above and pale below. Found in dry woodland and locally in dry montane forest. Very similar to Spotted Flycatcher, but smaller and shorter-winged, with less distinct streaking on the underparts and crown. Also similar to African Dusky Flycatcher, but slightly larger, paler, and longer-tailed, and found in a different habitat. The call is a short “tik” and the song is a quiet series of short, halting phrases of high-pitched wheezing notes.