A large, long-billed ground bird of clearings in montane forest. Underparts and head pale brown and barred; wing, back, and tail rufous brown with heavier barring. Note the thick black bars across the top of the head and the black eye-stripe. Mainly nocturnal, foraging for earthworms in mossy ground cover or areas with bracken. Voice is a rapid series of 5-6 “wik!” notes given during flight display.