French: Marouette à bec jaune German: Schwarzkielralle Spanish: Polluela negra africana
Sub-Saharan Africa from N edge of Sahel zone S (except in desert regions of NE & SW) to Cape. Extralimital breeding record in N Niger (L Arrigui)#R.
19–23 cm; male 78–118 (96·5) g, female 70–110 (81) g; 159 both sexes 69–118 (89·5) g; weight varies greatly during year. Sexes alike.... read more
Very characteristic advertising call is a duet: one bird gives harsh repeated chatter “krrrok... read more
Occupies many types of freshwater wetland, normal requirements including moderate vegetation cover... read more
Food and feeding
Worms, molluscs, crustaceans, adult and larval insects, small fish, frog tadpoles and small frogs; also seeds and other parts of water... read more
In suitable conditions breeding may occur throughout year, with seasonal peaks in most regions, during or following rains: Senegal and... read more
Largely sedentary but also locally migratory. In drier N parts of range, in N Ghana, N Nigeria and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Commonest and most widespread crake in Africa; less secretive than other terrestrial wetland rallids of region, and has well known... read more
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