The robust and serrated bill is adapted for the consumption of seeds. During the reproductive season and the first weeks of the chicks, it increases the consumption of insects and animals.
It made short and direct flights, with a deep and powerful flutter. Usually fast wingbeats interspersed with short glide.
Social and interspecific behavior
It is a gregarious species, with groups of 5-20 individuals. After the breeding season they move in families, so many families can come together at certain times of the year. Remains most time on ground (even at night), its short and powerful legs are designed for this behavior. They are very timid and elusive birds, usually found hiding in vegetation. When alarmed, they prefer to run rather than fly, flying in groups and in all directions to confuse the potential predator.