Medium-sized brown, heavily streaked seedeater. Note the boldly marked face with a streaked crown, white eyebrow, and broad dark brown patch through the eye. Birds from Kenya north have heavy streaking across the belly and throat. Birds from Tanzania south have lighter streaking that is mostly confined to the breast. Found in woodland habitats including miombo. Gives a pretty, musical up-and-down song of whistles and trills. The call is a harsh “chu-wee-uu.” Similar to Black-eared Seedeater, but the ear markings are dark brown rather than black.