Rare night bird found in high elevation Andean cloud forest. Cryptically patterned in brown and buff with white patches in the wings. Usually seen perching vertically on the tip of an exposed branch or snag. Sometimes encountered roosting or nesting during the day and may return to the same location over the course of months or even years. At night, it is usually detected by seeing its eyeshine in the beam of a light or by hearing its song—a short howl given at long intervals.