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22â€“30 cm (8Â¾-11Â¾ in)
Juvenile: Lacks grey plumage of adult. Bill and shield grey instead of green.
Three subspecies are recognized:
Formerly placed in the genus Gallinula.
Wetlands with lots of floating vegetation, such as ponds, ditches, lakes, lagoons and marshes.
Can sometimes remind more of a rail than a gallinule when not coming out further than the edge of a reed bed.
They pick food from the floating vegetation while swimming, but what they actually eat is so far unknown.
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