A plain, medium-sized sandy pipit with dark lores. Adult is plain sandy-brown above with streaking only on crown and breast sides. Juvenile streaked above and spotted on breast and easily confused with other streaked pipits. Long pale supercilia and indistinct moustache. Obvious white-edged, black median coverts. Outer tail feathers buff. Hind claws short. Horizontal wagtail-like carriage.
Inhabits dry open country including semi-desert, fallow and plough.
Common winter visitor mainly to Pakistan and northwest India but scattered records throughout lowlands. Rare in Nepal and Bangladesh.
Calls tseep or chulp.