Alternative Name: Sunda Swamphen
, July 2023
- Porphyrio indicus
- Red bill and frontal shield
- Large feet
- Black back and head
, July 2023
Reed beds and wet areas with high rainfall, swamps, lake edges and damp pastures.
The birds live in pairs and larger communities.
The birds make a nest of woven reeds on floating debris or amongst reeds. More than one female will use the nest and they share incubating the eggs for 24 days. Each bird lays 3-6 speckled eggs and the nest can contain up to 12 eggs.
Diet includes tender shoots and vegetable-like matter, invertebrates (like snails), small fish, and eggs from nests and also eat ducklings. It is a good swimmer, especially for a bird without webbed feet.
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