July 1, 2017 – Spot-flanked Gallinule (Gallinula melanops or Porphyriops melanops)

Found in wetlands of South America, in four separate populations, these gallinules live in parts of Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile. Their diet is not well known, but probably includes aquatic plants and invertebrates and possibly small fish. They tend to forage in groups, picking food from the water or floating vegetation. Their nests are constructed from dry rushes near water. Chicks hatch covered in down and can leave the nest within a few hours, cared for by both of their parents.


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