A medium-sized owl with a large, powerful beak and talons. Distinctive and unmistakable. Bushy white crescents begin as eyebrows and run down along the edges of the bill to flare out as mustaches. Note the large orange eyes. Otherwise mostly rufous, blotched and streaked with black. Prefers primary or well-developed secondary forest up to 800 meters of elevation. Vocally poorly known, but a single drawn-out mournful note has been reported.