(294) 44 cm; 350 g
Alike, M > F. Unmistakable with pied plumage and long thin upturned
Like ad but black plumage replaced with dusky brown; white
upperparts edged pale buffy brown.
Locally common resident, nomadic and a partial migrant; gregarious,
usually in small groups.
Favours saline and shallow inland water bodies.
Mostly crustaceans, insect larvae and small fish.
Contact call fluty elute, elute...
Monogamous. Nest a scrape in damp or dry soil, frequently on an
island not far from water's edge.
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