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17cm. Grey with dorsal barring, pale boldly spotted underside, yellow bill and legs. Female more brightly coloured, with reddish collar. Juvenile smaller, mottled red, and densely spotted.
Grassland, farmland, secondary growth on abandoned crop-land, grass beneath bamboo thickets, and scrub.
The diet includes seeds, green shoots, and invertebrates obtained from the ground. Mostly granivorous.
4 eggs are laid and incubated for 12 days. The young fledge at 10 days and acquire adult plumage by seven weeks.
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