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58-70 cm. It has orange-brown body plumage and a paler head. The wings are white with black flight feathers.
This is a monotypic species1
Open country, lakes and slow rivers.
It builds its nest in burrows, tree holes or crevices distant from water, laying 6-16 creamy-white eggs, incubated for 30 days.
The diet includes insects and insect lavae.
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