A little rufous songbird with a long broad tail, often held cocked and habitually fanned. Rufous above with a darker pale-tipped tail. Head is brown with two prominent white markings near the eye; conspicuous white throat is bordered with bold black streaking below. Belly pale and unstreaked. Confined to foothill and montane forests on Seram, where pairs and singles often accompany mixed-species flocks. Unmistakable, as it is the only brown-backed fantail on Seram. Song is a sequence of high-pitched, squeaky descending whistles. Also gives a short, sharp buzzing “zjit” call note.