Small marshes' bird (L 20 cm), with short and rounded wing, preferring running or swiming to flying. The species is not well known. The main evidence that it is present is its distintctive calls, for it is rarely seen. Occurs in wetlands with rich vegetation but not excessively dense. The diet mainly consists of small invertebrates (insects, molluscs, worms) but also includes some plant material such as seeds. Resident.
Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
The species is most threatened by the widespread degradation of marshlands, hunting and disturbances during the breeding period.
yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor
4,000 / 15,000 pairs
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