Head almost entirely yellow. Nape blackish, extending variably up on top of head. Chin, throat, and upper chest black. Underparts white. Upperparts gray with black streaks. Wings gray with two large white wingbars.
Similar to male, but duller. Olive green on nape and throat instead of black. Throat may be yellow or have black area. Flanks white or light gray. Dusky face mask, but yellow eyering.
Immature male similar to adult female, but has black streaks down the middle of the feathers in the upper wingbar. Immature female without black on throat, has streaks on wingbar feathers.