It has 18 cm. The male is bluish-gray, with spots on the wing and tail sides. The female is dun with brown wing spots and yellow beak. It has a full chant:
It is a grains and fruit eater. With a quick movement of the beak it turns the dead leaves to find seeds and fallen fruit, this movement is also used for extraction of seeds that fell into a crevasse, it throws the grains on the ground to catch them after.
During courtship the male tends to bow to the female. The couples are inseparable and make thin nests, looking underneath them, it is possible to see the eggs. Usually 2 white eggs are laid.
Can be found at the edge of forests, in marshes and near homes. Flies well. It produces a whistling noise. Moves on the ground walking with the small and fast steps; it stops the head with every step, for a moment, in order to better observe the surroundings. It never bounces. Yawn. Do not hide its head beneath the back feathers to sleep. Likes to bathe.