A large owlet-nightjar of montane rainforest interior. Outlandish and unique appearance. Arching V-shaped, buffy eyebrows, spiky whiskers, rufous or brown body with 3 broad, vertical white bands made of tear-shaped white blotches. One down each flank and one down from the bill to chest. Solitary and sometimes seen on day roost in vine tangles of the mid-storey. Call, a variety of churrs and squeals.