Quail-like bird, often in small flocks on dry rocky slopes with sparse grass and brush. Male and female similar. Pale brownish-gray overall with warmer orange belly and undertail. Distinct black stripes on sides. Red bill and eyering. Pale throat is bordered by black. Usually seen scurrying around on the ground, but males perch conspicuously when singing, often on large rocks. Song is a series of scratchy notes; sounds like it's saying its name with emphasis on the second syllable: "chuKAR, chuKAR, chuKAR." Native to Asia, but introduced across the world, including New Zealand and the United States.