A fantail flycatcher with white throat, spotted breast, and white belly. Upperparts are slaty-brown while wings are grayer and tail darker, with narrow buff tips to all tail feathers except the central pair. It has a white supercilium with a speckled dark-slaty necklace separating the creamy white belly from the throat. Juvenile like adult, but has dull rufous tips to wing coverts. Hybridizes with White-throated Fantail in the northern Eastern Ghats; hybrids show features of both species. Call is as short nasal “cherr.” Song is a melodious 5- to 8-note phrase that variously ascends and descends.