Sexes alike. Grey-brown and rufous above, barred and blotched; buffy-rufous below; narrow cross-bars on throat and upper breast; fine black markings on abdomen and flanks; black loop around throat encloses bright rufous-yellow throat; female smaller, with indistinct spur. Small parties, digging and moving amidst scrub and grass; seen on country roads, dust bathing or feeding; quick to take to cover on being alarmed, scattering over the area.
open scrub, grass, cultivation.
cereal grains, seeds, fallen berries, insects.
resident: all subcontinent, south of Himalayan foothills.
loud, high-pitched 2- to 3-note pat…ee…la; noisy.