39 cm; ca 300 g
Highly distinctive with dark plumage and bright yellow bill, legs
and feet. At rest shows red-brown wings, belly and vent.
More sooty brown, with buffy gular stripe; base of bill greenish or
and paler than ad F.
with br resident and migrant populations; usually solitary.
and margins of permanent and ephemeral waters.
frogs, insects and worms.
silent; a rasping kraak.
Nest placed in low tree over water or in reedbed.