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66 cm. Brown, gray head and neck, long legs and neck, and a long, yellowish bill. Back and upperwing coverts have bold white spots and streaks. Immature similar to adult, but paler. White-streaked underwing coverts visible in flight. Sexes similar.
Open freshwater swamps and marshes.
Diet includes small aquatic life, principally snails.
It nests on the ground laying about 4-8 olive-buff, brown blotched eggs. The nest is a platform of reeds and grass, lined with finer plant material. Incubation is by both sexes.
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