March 18, 2015 – Black Crake (Amaurornis flavirostra)

These crakes are native to wet areas of sub-Saharan Africa. They feed mainly on aquatic invertebrates and small vertebrates, the seeds of some water plants, and occasionally the eggs of other bird species. Black Crakes sometimes sit on the backs of larger mammals, like warthogs, to scavenge parasites. Because of their long toes, they can walk across lily pads as they hunt. Their red legs are strikingly bright during breeding season, but become a duller red the rest of the year.

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