- Medium to large chicken-like bird.
- Thick bodied.
- Tail moderately long, rounded.
- Rounded wings in flight.
- Short crest on head.
- Cryptic coloring of gray and brown mottled with dark and light spots.
Male DescriptionLarge neck ruff. Large crest. Rump feathers with two or more whitish dots.
Female DescriptionCrest and tail shorter. Ruff smaller, sometimes not apparent. Rump feathers with one rounded or oval dot. Dark tail band usually broken or blotchy.
Immature DescriptionJuvenile looks like female, but does not have black band on tail. Immature looks similar to adult.