The Pied Bush Chat is slightly smaller than the Siberian Stonechat, although it has a similar dumpy structure and upright stance. The male is black except for a white rump, wing patch and lower belly. The iris is dark brown, the bill and legs black. The female is drab brown and slightly streaked. Juveniles have a scaly appearance on the underside but dark above like the females. About sixteen subspecies are recognized through its wide range with many island forms.
Seen near tea gardens.
They nest in cavities in stone walls or in holes in an embankment, lining the nest with grass and animal hair. They have been noted to feed on Pyralid moths and whitefly.