Spotted Crake

Description: Size of a starling, the bird seems uniformly dark from afar. At close quarters, it is possible to make out a beautiful complex pattern of speckles, spots and bars. It stands out with its short bill and green legs, red base of the bill, and the absence of rusty red on the wings. Measuring 22-24 cm in length, spotted crakes are very secretive.

Habitat: This common bird resides in grassy moors, highly damp meadows, and littoral thickets of smaller lakes.

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