Tiny, disproportionately long-tailed, active, and vocal. The upperparts are gray-brown with heavy dark streaking, the underparts are pale, and each tail feather shows both pale and dark tips. Generally found in rather moist habitats within arid zones, including field margins, riparian woodland, scrub, gardens, and wetlands; can be quite numerous. Very vocal, especially in spring. The song is a long series of dry chirps with a very slight pause between notes, subtly different from the rattling song of Delicate Prinia. Males often sing from obvious perches. Visually extremely similar to Delicate Prinia, but there is little overlap in range. In any areas of overlap, best separated by song, but Graceful is also slightly shorter- and broader-tailed and grayer.