Light-brown plumage with white and brown breast stripes. Males have white forehead and cheek patches. Females lack distinct patterns, but have spotted necks. Juveniles resemble females.
Terrestrial; flies for short distances when disturbed. Nests on shaded ground.
Seeds and insects. The sand partridge maintains a low metabolism, enabling it to survive on small amounts of food in arid habitats.
Common in the arid rocky slopes near water sources, including the Dead Sea region and Wadi Rum. Less common in Azraq. Nests on shaded ground.