Fairly small, long-tailed reddish-and-tan bird. Light brown body, with reddish tail, wings, and crown, and prominent fine black spotting in the face and breast. Usually forages singly or in pairs in the midstory of mature or secondary rainforest, often with mixed-species flocks. Tail appears very reddish, even from below; smaller than similar foliage-gleaners, which are often present in the same flocks. Its song is an often overlooked, even-paced series of very high notes.