Chim Cuốc ngực trắng – White breasted waterhen

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Cuốc ngực trắng trưởng thành có bộ lông phía trên và hai hông chủ yếu màu xám sẫm cùng lông trên mặt, cổ và ngực màu trắng. Lông bụng và mặt dưới của đuôi màu nâu vàng. Thân bẹt hai bên để cho phép dễ dàng vượt qua các bụi lau sậy hay các bụi cây thấp. Chúng có các ngón chân dài, đuôi ngắn, mỏ và chân màu vàng.

Adult white-breasted waterhens have mainly dark grey upperparts and flanks, and a white face, neck and breast. The lower belly and undertail are cinnamon coloured. The body is flattened laterally to allow easier passage through the reeds or undergrowth. They have long toes, a short tail and a yellow bill and legs.

These birds are usually seen singly or in pairs as they forage slowly along the edge of a waterbody mainly on the ground but sometimes clambering up low vegetation. The tail is held up and jerked as they walk. They probe with their bill in mud or shallow water, also picking up food by sight. They mainly eat insects (large numbers of beetles have been recorded), small fish, aquatic invertebrates and seeds (wikimedia).

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