The name of this thrush refers to the male, which has rich orange-chestnut plumage on its belly that extends up to the throat. The rest of its plumage is a very dark blue, except for a conspicuous short, white eyebrow. The pale bill turns black when the male is breeding. The female not only lacks the rust-coloured belly, but also differs by being slaty-brown above, with a dark brown face, a pale rufous throat, and a pale belly. The plump, rounded body, with short wings and tail, is supported by long, pink legs (2).
- Length: 12 – 13 cm (2)