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25 cm. Red-brown head, neck and breast, paler throat, grey brown upperparts and underparts which have pale barring. The underwing is barred black and white, the bill green, and the legs grey-brown.
Some authorities (including Clements) list this as a monotypic species while others list four subspecies: tricolor, victa, maxima, and laeta.
Tropical rainforests and dense vegetation close to permanent wetlands.
The diet includes amphibians, aquatic invertebrates, crustaceans and molluscs.
It nests on or close to ground in dense vegetation. 3-5 dull-white eggs are laid and incubated for around 20 days.
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