Striking chubby songbird with a black “robber’s” mask. Male is pearly gray overall with an orange breast patch. Female is warm brown overall and lacks the male’s breast patch. Both sexes have a glossy black tail and wing markings. Breeds in coniferous and mixed montane and foothill forests; sometimes descends to lower elevations during the winter. Song is a chattering series of whistles and distinctly dry and raspingly creaky notes. Calls are soft and mellow-sounding, usually a “poo-yee” or “pooe” note.