18 - 21 cm. 115 - 160 g. Bill black, sawing, short, robust and slightly curved. Crest erect, black and brown tipped reddish. Head cinnamon-brown. Throat whitish. Back gray brown with short, broad black bars and other narrower buff bars. Upper chest cinnamon-brown barred with white indistinct. Lower chest and belly white barred with black. Legs short and robust, flesh color. Males and females differ in size. Male: 130 g. Female: 126 g. Crest shorter. Juveniles have the throat whitish, back and chest with whitish shaft streaks. Immature is similar to adult, but has black feathers on head, cheek and neck. Attains adult plumage at 4-5 months of age.