A medium-sized bird of foothill forest midstory. Brown back, pale cinnamon belly, gray head and white throat. Similar to Little Shrikethrush, but Rusty Whistler is smaller and usually has a contrasting white throat. Often found in pairs foraging for insects. A vocal species with a typical whistler array of notes, including various warbles and a ringing, high-pitch note, often followed by a downward “chew chew!” or a sharp upward “wik wik!”.