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Birds by name
Conservation status: Red
Corncrakes are related to moorhens, coots and rails but differ from most members of the family in that they live on dry land. They are very secretive, spending most of their time hidden in tall vegetation, their presence only betrayed by their rasping call. In flight their bright chestnut wings and trailing legs are unmistakable. They are summer visitors and migrate to Africa for the winter.
Best looked and listened for on the Western Isles. RSPB reserves at Balranald and Coll provide some of the best opportunities.
Arrives from mid-April and leaves again in August and September. Best located by call which can be heard both day and night.
Insects and seeds.
* UK breeding is the number of pairs breeding annually. UK wintering is the number of individuals present from October to March. UK passage is the number of individuals passing through on migration in spring and/or autumn.
Please note that the map is only intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.
Mathias Ritschard, Xeno-canto