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Black body, brownish neck, red legs and bill.
Vagrants have been recorded from as far as Spain.
A monotypic species.
Found in dense vegetation around lake margins, papyrus swamps and lily ponds.
This is a very shy bird which is adept at swimming and diving, it is also often seen climbing through the vegetation.
It builds a floating nest in marshes and swamps, laying 2-5 eggs.
The diet includes insects and aquatic animals.
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