Banded Quail is endemic to west-central Mexico, where it is locally common but is largely confined to drainage of the Balsas River. This is a small quail, with rather drab brown plumage and comparatively long tail; the obvious dark crest and the black-and-white barred rear underparts are the principal features to note. The throat is also contrastingly pale in both sexes. Banded Quails form coveys of up to 30 birds, although groups of around a dozen are more usual. These generally keep close to cover, but they can be observed in the open with fortune and some degree of patience.