The Grey Partridge sized male is mainly black in colour with white spots on the back and flanks. It has a chestnut neck collar, white patches on the cheeks and brown coloured wings. The legs are red in colour. The female is mainly brown in colour but the hind neck is chestnut in colour. The extent of the white spots on the flanks varies from species to species.
There is nothing very remarkable about this species. During the spring season the male bird sings a mechanical kik- kik- kik from a heap. The male's call from the territory is loud and grating kwee- kweeee- kwee. The flight is very explosive that of a pheasant and it prefers to creep away unnoticed.