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Male 42â€“43 cm (16Â½-17 in); Female 36 cm (14 in)
Chicks are black.
Lowlands marshes, swamps, rice fields, flooded pastures etc.
They nest on the dry ground in marsh vegetation. Their clutch consists of 3-6 eggs.
Their diet consists mostly of green shoots, seeds and rice. They also eat worms, molluscs, aquatic insect and larva.
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Recording by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, India, July-2016
A male is giving his trademark grunting call, partially hidden in grass.
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