Black Crake Zapornia flavirostra
(aka Amaurornis flavirostra)
Black Crake,Ghana, June 2011 - click for larger image

June 2011

The Black Crake is distributed in Africa south of the Sahara except in desert areas. It is found in a variety of freshwater wetlands but requires some floating vegetation and some permanent flooding.

It feeds on earthworms, crustaceans, insect larvae, seeds and other parts of water plants.

It is less shy than most other crakes and rails, moves a bit like a jacana and looks all black at a distance with a yellow bill and red legs.

It sings duets of various clucking, purring and growling noises.

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