Small, warblerlike bird of humid evergreen forest in tropical foothills and locally in lowlands. Usually in pairs, foraging in tangles and leaf clusters at low to middle levels in forest understory, often with mixed-species feeding flocks; easily overlooked. Note the rather short tail. Male gray overall with blackish throat and breast patch and white wingbars. Female notably drab brownish overall, with paler throat and eyering; best identified by nearby presence of male.