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14 cm. Chestnut head, black-barred chestnut tail and white wing-patches visible in flight.
A monotypic species.
Short, dense marsh vegetation, shallowly flooded in the wet season and dominated by sedges, grasses and forbs.
The diet includes aquatic insects, seeds and vegetation.
The nest is a ball of woven sedge, plant stems and vegetation. 4-6 eggs are laid and incubated for 15-16 days.
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