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36β42 cm (14ΒΌ-16Β½ in)
Marshy ground near lowland tree-line, close to coasts and rivers.
A marshy area is chosen for the well hidden nest. Adults will remain motionless on the nest until they are almost stepped on. At this point, they will fly up and begin calling at the intruder.
Clutches are usually made up of 4 olive-colored eggs with dark splotches. Both parents take turns incubating and will attend to young birds, who find their own food and are able to fly within a month of birth.
Males have an elaborate courtship flight during which they fly several hundred feet up and fly with slow dramatic wing beats, bringing their wings above their back into a high v, while calling.
Males also land atop trees within their territory to continue their calls and keep watch.
Diet during the breeding season includes insects, snails, beetles, larvae and seeds. Their winter diet is not well recorded.
Display call is a loud, screeching "gah-weet", repeated in a rhythmic fashion.
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