Western United States and southern Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada. Permanent residents, except for small movements to lower elevations during the winter.
Males have a dark brown-grey mottled plumage, except for a white upper chest and neck area. There is a yellow patch over each eye. The throat is brown and the abdomen blackish. Two yellowish sacs on the chest can be inflated as part of the mating ritual.
Females are mottled grey-brown, with a dark belly and a paler throat.
The tail is long and pointed. The legs are covered with feathers down to the toes.