French: Râle des genêts German: Wachtelkönig Spanish: Guión de codornices
W & NW Europe (from British Is) E to NW China and C Siberia. Winters mainly from E DRCongo and S Tanzania S to E South Africa.
27–30 cm; male 129–210 (165·5)g, female 138–158 (145)g; wingspan 42–53 cm. Sexes similar, but female has slightly warmer buff upperparts,... read more
Advertising call of male a monotonous, rasping double call “krek-krek”; calls from... read more
Breeding habitat essentially dry to moist meadows and other grasslands, including alpine meadows,... read more
Food and feeding
Earthworms, molluscs, Isopoda, Diplopoda, Arachnida and insects (including Coleoptera, Diptera, Dermaptera, Orthoptera, Odonata,... read more
Season Apr–Aug. Monogamous pair-bond of seasonal duration formerly assumed, but serial polygyny regularly occurs, males occupying... read more
Almost wholly long-distance migrant, although numerous Dec–Feb records from W Europe,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Previously considered Vulnerable. Although apparently still common and widespread in parts of range, there is clear evidence of very... read more
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