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The Slaty-legged Crake is about 25 cm long. Its body is flattened laterally to allow easier passage through the undergrowth. It has long toes and a short tail. Colouring includes a brown back, chestnut head and breast, and strong black-and-white barring on the flanks, belly and undertail. The throat is white, the bill is yellowish, and the legs are green. Sexes are similar; juveniles are dark brown above and below, although they have the belly barring and white throat.
Slaty-legged crakes are sedentary and territorial birds that live in wooded swamps, forests, paddy fields, dense scrub and wetlands.
Everybody in the blind was excited to see this crake, claiming the were very rare. Actually they are considered least concern according to IUCN.
Spotted on Mar 12, 2013
Submitted on Jul 24, 2014