A rather dull-plumaged songbird of fields, grasslands, forest edges, and farmland, mostly at moderate and high elevations. Often sparsely distributed and difficult to find. Gray-brown above with a pale belly, pale eyebrow, and blackish streaking on head and wings. Typically found singly or in pairs, clambering about in grasses and shrubbery. Often sings from an exposed perch, giving a loud but dry, rolling series of notes, faster than the song of Himalayan Prinia. Visually very similar to Himalayan Prinia, but usually separated by range. In the area of overlap, female and non-breeding male Striped Prinias show stronger streaking on the back and a brighter rufous panel in the wings. Breeding males are distinguished by their paler faces with an obvious eye-stripe.