Upperparts are pale to dark brown, depending on locality or individual variation, with white spots on the wings and back. The underparts are cream to buff with broad pale to dark brown streaks and mottling, the indistinct facial disc being much paler than general colour with a large dark patch behind eye. the bill is a blue-grey, and feet pale blue-grey. Adults have a greenish-yellow iris, while a juvenile’s is brown. The females are slightly larger and more richly coloured. Immatures are paler than adults.