Warbler-like in habits. The pinkish grey wash across the breast, black stripe through the eye broadening onto black ear coverts, a broad white eyebrow stripe, white stripe in the wing and white outer tail feathers are diagnostic.
Juvenile is browner than adult.
Karoo scrub and montane fynbos in summer, thornveld in winter.
A repeated, wispy 'tisee-tchee-tchee' and a descending 'cher cher cher'.