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Spotted Crake
Porzana porzana

Map of the common names

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.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

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.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population :
4,000 / 15,000 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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