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Breeding Plumage
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, India, July-2016
Metopidius indicus

Identification

29cm (11½ in)

  • Black
  • Dark brown inner wings
  • Red tail
  • White eyestripe
  • Yellow bill extending into a shield
  • Long grey legs and toes
Non-breeding plumage
Photo © by Satie Sharma
Bharatpur, India, December 2005

Juvenile

  • Brown upperparts
  • White underparts
  • Buff foreneck

Distribution

India to southwestern China, Southeast Asia, Sumatra and Java (Indonesia).

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Habitat

Lowland marshes and ponds with plenty of floating vegetation.

Behaviour

Breeding

Immature
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, India, July-2016

A floating nest is built. The 4 black-marked brown eggs are incubated by the male.

Diet

The diet includes invertebrates, insects, roots and seeds.

Vocalisation

A bird difficult to record in vast open wetlands covered with grass.

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Recording by Alok Tewari
Bharatpur Keoladeo National Park, India, July-2015.

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Recording by Alok Tewari
Bharatpur Keoladeo National Park, India, July-2015.
Two individuals calling in succession. Recorded during breeding season.

Gallery

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References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Wikipedia

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