A terrestrial, chickenlike bird found only at very high elevations in the Andes. Inhabits grassy areas such as overgrown pastures and paramo;does not venture into dense forest. It has cinnamon underparts and dark brown upperparts that are heavily streaked with white; sometimes exhibits a small crest. Typical, but rarely heard call is a short, high-pitched whistle. Usually shy and hard to see, but occasionally comes out to feed in the open along quiet roads early in the morning.