French: Marouette poussin German: Kleines Sumpfhuhn Spanish: Polluela bastarda
probably from Carniola, Slovenia
Locally in Europe E across Transcaucasus, SE Transcaspia, W Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and W Xinjiang (Tien Shan and Tarim Basin E to Lop Nur), in NW China. Winters from Mediterranean S to W Africa (Senegal, Niger, Nigeria) and E Africa (Uganda, Kenya), and E through Arabia to W Pakistan and NW India.
18–20 cm; male 30–72 (50) g, female 36–65 (49·5) g; wingspan 34–39 cm. Marked sexual dimorphism in plumage: male has blue-grey face and... read more
Advertising call of male a loud, barking “quack” or “quek” repeated every 1–2 seconds for up... read more
In breeding season occurs typically in temperate and steppe zones, usually in lowlands but... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly insects, especially water beetles (Hydrophilidae) and also Hemiptera, Neuroptera, and adult and larval Diptera, and also seeds of... read more
C Europe, May–Aug; bred once in Egypt, Apr. Monogamous and territorial, pair-bond maintained only during breeding season. Nest a... read more
Distribution imperfectly known due to secretive behaviour, and few wintering sites known (map... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Current status poorly known; formerly thought to be less severely affected than congeners by wetland drainage and reclamation, and in... read more
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