Closely related to woodpeckers. Pointed head and bill; dark eye-mask; gray, black-streaked upperparts; brown, gray-spotted wings; black shoulder spots; yellow, barred throat; lighter underparts.
Well camouflaged among vegetation and difficult to detect. Twists its neck and hisses when threatened.
Feeds mainly on ants and tree insects.
Migrates south through Jordan in autumn and north in spring. Rare in wooded and scrub areas, including Amman, Azraq, and Aqaba.