Dainty but delightful understory forest robin with gray-green upperparts and apricot underparts, with a diagnostic black margined white throat crescent (sometimes hidden) and dark tail. Immature spotted above and duller below. Singles and pairs are scarce residents skulking close to the open understory of mature montane forest, often near streams, mostly between 850–1800m. Song a clear sweet 3-note whistle “tseee-tuu-tuu” and other similar sounds. The alarm call is a dry chattering “trrrrrt”. The larger White-starred Robin is yellower than Swynnerton’s, including in the tail, has small white spectacles (sometimes inconspicuous) in front of the eye, and lacks a white throat crescent.