A large owlet-nightjar found very locally in the forests of low hills. Bright rufous with 3 vertical bands on the underparts. Prominent white eyebrows and spiky whiskers. Slender and perches upright in the midstory. Split from the similar Feline Owlet-Nightjar with which it does not co-occur. Starry Owlet-Nightjar is smaller with thinner white bands on the underparts. Voice, a raspy, 3 to 4-note series “gew! gok-gak!” with the first notes lower, the last 2 closer together and almost the same pitch.