The approximate size of these bird is 16 cm

It is a bird species of the thamnophilidae family, barred antshrike but less crested, small crest black conspic, barred white, upperparts blacker white narrow white bars. They are thought to eat insects and possibly fruits, theirs bills are generally thick hook-shaped, it is located in the western and eastern Andes of Colombia and in the Perijá mountains on the border of Colombia and Venezuela.

The genus is innumerable, frequently they can be found in Subtropical, Tropical moist lowland, Tropical moist montane, Shrubland, Rural gardens and Tropical heavily degraded former forest.

It is more likely to be heard, before it can be observed, as it hides among the vegetation so that is very difficult to see it even if it continues to singing.