One of the most curious hermits, the Sooty-capped Hermit frequently pauses to check out observers. Both sexes are predominantly gray below and grayish brown above with notable rufous edging on the rump and upper tail. They are typically found below 500 meters foraging in the undergrowth and around the edges of dry and humid forests, small clearings, and second growth. When they’re not darting around, Sooty-capped Hermits sing incessantly and wag their tails from permanent song perches. Their nests exhibit a bizarre wall of dried mud and spider webs.