Stunning small bird with long, white-tipped tail. Head, back and breast streaked black-and-white in male; female also streaked but back and crown are rufous. Both sexes show rufous rump and belly. Wings have contrasting white spots and wingbars. Often in pairs in bamboo thickets or at edges of montane forest. Hard to see but easy to hear, raspy song starting with two strong peeps followed by two or three longer, wheezy notes. No similar species in range.