The Buffy-crowned Wood-Partridge inhabits humid forest habitats of Middle America, from southern Mexico south to Costa Rica. Like others of the genus, the species is far more frequently heard than seen. Both sexes are generally gray-brown in overall coloration, streaked rufous over much of the body, and becoming browner over the wings and tail. The most eye-catching features, however, are the whitish-buff forehead and throat, and the pinkish-red bare skin around the eye. Females are slightly shorter tailed than males Two subspecies are generally recognized, although they differ only in the overall tone of the underparts.