Small marsh-dwelling rail. Shy and elusive bird that is unlikely to be seen unless expressly looking for it. Male has a rufous hood and black body with white streaks. Female plain and brown. Found in a variety of thickly-vegetated wetlands. Calls are given in series, and include a repeated, rising “huuua”, a deep “chwa-ho”, and a whining “chee-ya”. Similar to Streaky-breasted Flufftail, but male has a darker belly, and female has pale spots rather than scallops on the back.