The Fuerteventura Chat is similar in size to the European Robin. Both sexes have a dark rump and tail.
In summer the male has dark brownish upperparts, orange throat and black head. It has strong white neck sides and a white supercilium. The appearance is like a cross between Whinchat and Stonechat. The female has paler brown upperparts and head, and no white neck patches.
The male has a clicking call and high twittering song like a Stonechat.
Other members of the genus include