I his secretiv e marsh bird usually hides among vegetation, but it may emerge at dusk. It also visits open water, walking on water lily leav es and occasionally swimming. It feeds on insects and other small creatures, also taking seeds. • NliST A cup-shaped nest of dried rushes and leaves, in swampy vegetation, placed slightly above the water level.


Breeds in North America. Winters I'roniS. USA south to N.W. South America.

• upright ratting posture distribution

• streaker! hark in chestnut wing streaked camouflage plumage •

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