Identification: Size 22 cm. Rufous & grey colours. Slim babbler with slaty-grey crown, blackish mask and boldly blackish-streaked flanks. Dull rufous upperparts with blackish-brown streaks and faint, pale shaft streaks on crown, nape and mask. White rest of underparts. Mostly slaty-grey, white-tipped tail, mostly grey greater coverts and secondaries and white-fringed, blackish primaries. Juvenile has browner crown with broader buffish streaks, duller head-sides, smaller flank-streaks, browner greater coverts and secondaries and narrower, white tail feather tips.
Habitats: Tropical montane evergreen forest from 900-1700
Status & Range: Endemic to Vietnam. Rare resident in Da Lat plateau, seen often at Ta Nung valley and Tuyen Lam as well as a small part forest at Dam Rong. Recently found in Mang Den and Ngoc Linh mountain (Kon Tum). Endangered (EN)