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.
The flight is quite strong with quick flutter, but is used to fly short distances. Usually fast wingbeats interspersed with short glide.
Social and interspecific behavior
It is a gregarious species, with groups of 12-20 individuals. After the breeding season they move in families, so many families can come together at certain times of the year. Remains the most time on ground (even at night), its short and powerful legs are designed for this behavior, but may also rest in bushes and broad creepers. Are very timid and elusive birds, usually hide in vegetation. When alarmed, they prefer to run rather than fly, flying in groups and in all directions to confuse the potential predator.