Small tapaculo found only at very high elevations in the western Andes of northern Peru. Plumage is gray with brown rear parts and dark barring on belly and tail. Female is browner than male, and young birds have more extensive barring. Similar to several other tapaculos, and best identified by range, habitat, and voice. Inhabits scrubby treeline woodland and adjacent grasslands. Song is a very long series of short, buzzy notes.