Distribution: Northern Asia from Mongolia to Siberia and winters in South Asia, Myanmar and the Malay Peninsula. Breed in temperate Asia. Winter in tropical Asia. Rare in Europe and vagrants have been reported in Canada and the USA.
Description: Upper plumage mostly brown, with a distinctive black "bandit-mask" through the eyes (paler in the winter), with a white brow over it. Below creamy with rufous flanks and abdomen. Tail rounded. Females usually have fine scalloping below and their masks are dark brown and not as well defined as the males'.