|Tropical, swampy forests and marshy clearings in
lowlands, as well as secluded pools and small streams.
Aquatic plants and invertebrates, as well as any seeds that can be
The drake has a rich chestnut back, pale grey flanks and a
salmon-coloured breast speckled in black. A black band runs from the
top of its head down to the nape. Females have an olive-brownish back
with the head blotched and striated in white, with pencilled barring on
a pale chest and belly. Both have a dark tail, a contrasting pale rump,
and a distinctive white patch on the wing. Bills are grey and legs and
feet are pink in both sexes.
6- 12 White eggs. Two broods per season.