The dark cap with the contrasting, broad, white eyebrow stripe and dark-striped chest are diagnostic in all races. The tail is frequently held cocked at a 45° angle imparting a bantam-like appearance.
Female is less boldly marked than male. Juvenile resembles female, but is paler.
Woodland and savanna, especially in thornveld.
A rattling 'chee-chakla, chee-chakla', given by birds calling in duet.