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Golden yellow crown with contrasting dark brown head and throat, heavy streaks on breast and dark brown upperparts with fulvous streaks, brownish-black, short, stout bill, short and slightly rounded tail, buffy underparts streaked with dark brown. Female - heavy brown streaks on buffy throat, breast and flanks, heavily streaked crown, dark-brown ear-coverts, yellowish supercilium, yellow patch on the side of the neck, white chin, upper throat and belly, pale flesh-coloured bill.
They nest in small colonies often in reed beds near water bodies. The nest is globe shaped, with a long entrance tunnel, and is woven from grass and plant fibres.
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