Breeding season is most commonly spring through to early summer although it is dependent on rainfall. These birds nest on the ground under tussock grasses. Outside the breeding season they tend to form small groups. In the breeding season they form monogamous pairs. Clutch size is between 7 and 14 eggs. Incubation is for 18-21 days. Both sexes guard and care for the young until they are about 6 weeks old.
Each feather has a cream stripe down the middle.
Source: Atlas of Living Australia
Is often seen and heard when 'flushed' from vegetation.
Omnivore but mainly feeds on grain. Opportunisitic foragers ranging from cultivated cereals to pasture plants or weeds. Supplements diet with clover, insects and some crustaceans.
Open grassland, saltbush or spinifex. Well adapted to stubble, cereal and lucerne crops. Prefers areas of tall, dense ground vegetation.
Native to Australia