Chunky-billed brown finch with an electric-red rump, tail, and hood that extends from the mid-crown to the throat. Hood of the male is larger than the female. Immature duller. Singles, pairs, and small groups are scarce and local residents and nomads in rank grass, forest edge, and thickets, where they forage on the ground or sit up in trees if disturbed. Calls include a harsh chipping “chak-chak” like a seedpod shaker, and growling notes. Similar finches have less red on the head or white spots on underparts.