A stout, crested terrestrial bird of mountainous woodlands and the only grouse in its range. Brown overall, with densely patterned belly. Male has white-lined black throat, female a plain brown throat. Forages on the ground and in trees, eating buds and flowers from the lower and middle layers of trees, especially in spring. Well camouflaged and shy, often flushing explosively from thick undergrowth at close range.