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18-20cm (7-7Â¾ in)
Non-breeding birds do not have the spotted underparts.
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One subspecies (A. m. ravus) is recognised by some authorities
Fresh water, ponds, streams, and other waterways, both inland and along coasts.
They nest on the ground. Females may mate with more than one male, leaving incubation to them.
The diet includes insects, crustaceans and other invertebrates, from the ground or in the water. They may also catch insects in flight.
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