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17â€“23 cm (6Â¾-9 in); females are larger than the males
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There are 3 subspecies1:
Shallow wetlands (permanent or seasonally flooded) with floating vegetation. .
The wings are often raised when walking on the ground or over floating vegetation.
Polyandrous; the females defend 1â€“4 (usually 2) adjacent males and their territories. They construct a floating nest. The clutch consists of 4 black-marked brown eggs which are incubated by the male.
Their diet consists almost entirely of insects and other invertebrates, with addition of some plant material and seeds picked from the floating vegetation or the water's surface.
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