A small Falconidae. The male has a grey head with black malar stripe. The back and top of the wings is reddish brown with dark mottling and black wing tip. The underparts are ochre and mottled. Slender body, pointed wings and long, clear coloured tail with a wide black stripe. The female and the young have a cross hatching on the back, brown head and brown-reddish and streaked tail.