An unusually colored sandy-brown bushshrike. There is both sexual and geographical variation in the pattern of the underparts. The throat can be white or rose, and there is sometimes a black breast patch and throat border. Both sexes always show some rose on the underparts, plus a rosy patch on the back. Found in pairs in dry savanna and thornscrub. The distinctive song consists of high-pitched, off-key whistles, which are usually delivered in a simple duet.