Females have light-brown upperparts; darker brown wings and tail; pale underparts; and a short, thick, yellow bill. Males look similar, except in breeding season when they develop a red bill; a gray head; and pinkish forehead, wings, underparts, and rump.
Spends most of its time running and foraging on the ground. Makes distinctive nasal sounds similar to a toy trumpet, which give it its name.
Seeds and some insects.
Common in stony areas in the Eastern Desert, including the Basalt Desert, the Central Desert, and Wadi Rum. Less common in the valleys of western Jordan. Nests in rock crevices.