A typical thrush with brownish upperparts and paler rufous-and-gray underparts. Also note the darker face, yellow bill, and striped throat. Found in the understory of montane forest and along forest edges. Occasionally bold, but typically quite shy, with only calls betraying its presence in the undergrowth. Abyssinian Thrush is similar, but does not overlap in range. Usambara Thrush gives a typical melodic thrush song, and calls include a "chk-chk" and thin "tseeep" notes.