Streaked, rufous-brown bird, medium-sized with upturned bill, buffy eyebrow and throat, and long, rufous tail. Obvious buffy streaks on head, back, and underparts. Sexes similar. Fairly common (easiest to find by voice) in dense understory of cloud forest from medium to high elevations, often in bamboo patches. Usually alone or in pairs or mixed species flocks foraging at low levels, moving fast and examining bromeliads and dry leaves. Call is a harsh, nasal note; song is a series of accelerating, harsh, and noisy notes. Endemic to the Coastal Cordillera of Venezuela.