Generally dark with rusty-buff throat, dark grey breast, and rounded tail.  Faint pale eyebrow and pale ring around eye.  Olive-brown upperparts with a rusty tinge on rump, olive-grey belly with rufous tinge on flanks and under tail.  Male has red eye and female pale buff.  This skulking shy bird is essentially an inhabitant of the dense undergrowth of mountain forests occasionally venturing in to open fields immediately adjacent to these habitats.  It is confined to elevations above 1000 metres.