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Mostly freshwater marshes and rice fields, but in non-breeding season also in more salty habitats including mangrove.
Secretive, but occasionally forages in open, more often than many other rails.
Invertebrate prey during the breeding season; at other times, plant material (especially seeds) comprises much of diet.
Includes a descending whirring sound, also described as a whinny. Other high-pitched calls, including a ker-EE and cheer.
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