This shy and elusive bird is a widespread
resident that is locally distributed. This bird which has a strange
range of calls and grunts is more often heard than seen. It can be found
in freshwater marshes and reedbeds where there is plenty of vegetation.
The bird has an omniverous diet but feeds mainly on small fish, snails
and insects. Populations increase during the winter as continental birds
arrive. Length 23-28cm