A large-to-medium-sized bustard with a chestnut nape and hind neck, and pale gray fore neck. The grayish head has distinct black-and-white crown stripes. Female and juvenile are smaller than male. Pairs and small groups march purposefully in grassland, wooded savanna, and fallow cereal fields, foraging on plants and small animals. It is a partial migrant, moving with the rains. The much larger Kori Bustard has a barred, grayish neck; Ludwig’s Bustard has a gray-brown fore neck, rather than pale gray fore neck of Denham’s Bustard.