Small, long-tailed bird of high-elevation scrub. Light brown, with reddish wings and tail and small reddish patches on the throat and forehead. Prefers dense shrubby areas, including Polylepis woodland, where it forages secretively within bushes. Its small size, lack of strong streaking, and long, reddish tail distinguish it from similar species within its range. Listen for its energetic song, an accelerating series of high, harsh notes.