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38â€“43 cm (15-17 inches)
In India it is generally confined to or near the Ganges. But there has been sighting of this bird in the year 2009 , down south in the coastal city called Chennai ( Muthaliar Kuppam ) in the state of Tamil Nadu - Southern India. This has been the first sighting of a live bird down south.
Rivers , lakes and back waters. They prefer very shallow water.
Vulnerable, due to habitat disturbance.
Their diet consists of fish, insect larvae and shrimps.
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