Much more frequently heard than seen, a remarkable 17 subspecies of the Singing Quail have been described, although some authorities recognize just seven of these. The Singing Quail is a small, short-tailed quail, with a short, ruffled crest. The plumage is largely brown, but intricately patterned, with the male being distinguished by its buffy-orange face and throat, which parts are pale grayish to off-white in the female. This species ranges in Middle America from northern Mexico south over both slopes to central Honduras, and appears to be locally common the dense undergrowth of suitable forest, both evergreen and semideciduous. Its altitudinal range spans at least sea level to 3000 m.