A short-tailed barwing with an oft-raised triangular crest. Body is bright cinnamon-brown with fine black barring on the wings. Head is gray overall with a brown wash towards the face. Fine brown speckling extends from the throat down to the breast. Hoary-throated Barwing is similar, but has a dark mustache stripe and no prominent markings on the throat. Usually seen in pairs or small flocks in mid- to high-elevation forests.