A medium-sized, long-winged raptor, usually with an unbarred orange tail. Streaked sandy-brown overall. Larger and paler than Common, particularly on head and breast which contrast with darker reddish-brown belly. Very prominent black carpal patches, trailing edges and wingtips contrast with white, lightly barred flight feathers. Long bare yellow legs. Looks rangy in flight.
Inhabits dry, open country, including cultivation.
Breeds in a few northern sites. Winters commonly in the Northwest, particularly Pakistan. Rare elsewhere.