black plumage; yellow bill; red legs, iris (South Africa; 2007-06-30)

Black Crake
Amaurornis flavirostra

Native Range: frica

Notes: a highly distinctive rail with an all-black body sharply contrasting with yellow bill and red legs; bolder than most rails, often foraging in the open in marshes and small ponds; no sexual dimorphism

frequents pond margins with reeds; stubby tail (South Africa; 2007-06-30)

often forages by walking about in the open (South Africa; 2007-06-30)