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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Gruiformes
Family:Rallidae
Genus:Limnocorax
Genus species:Limnocorax flavirostra

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:20-22 cm
Weight:100 g
Identification:The black crake is black with a bright yellowish-green bill and red legs.
Habitat:Freshwater marshes, swamps, lakesides
Diet:Carnivore: crustaceans, mollusks, insects, aquatic invertebrates
Reproduction:The nesting season varies by a population's location. In some places, crakes breed year-round. Nests are built on the ground in tufts of grass. Females lay 3-6 eggs.
These birds can sometimes be seen in pairs.
Behavior:This shy bird is similar to the jacana in that it can walk on floating vegetation such as lily-pads.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Not all the chicks will hatch at the same time, but they leave the nest soon after hatching.

Other Information

Geographic:Sub-Saharan Africa Date:1958-1988 Subjects:short-legged wading
African black crake
Rallidae
Gruiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata