Compact, medium-sized bird, brown above and buff bellow, with yellowish eyes, heavy black bill, white to whitish cheeks, and bold black chest band. The chest band is geographically variable, with either one (west) or two (east) complete black bands. Throat buff to rufous. Often found in pairs, perched quietly. Common in dry to humid lowlands, scrub, dry forests, mangroves, and gallery forests. Very vocal, singing alone or in duet, an accelerating and loud series of “woduk” notes about 30 seconds in duration. The only brown and chest-banded puffbird with white cheeks.