Standing about 1.7 meters high, it sports a startling selection of erectile wattles and inflatable throat pouches, which are used in threat displays when dominance or pecking order is threatened. It is an omnivorous bird and feeds on seeds, grasses, insects and small reptiles. Although it can deal a lethal blow with its broad feet in common with most plains-dwelling animals it runs off when real danger threatens.
Mating occurs in the early summer and normally results in one or two eggs being laid 5 or 6 weeks later. The incubation is shared by both males and females.