Water Rail / Rascón europeo
Maximum size: 25-28 cm
They live in ponds, pools, lagoons, riverbeds, dams, reed beds, crumps,
marshes, wetlands with abundant vegetation. They are a sedentary species.
They feed on insects, crustaceans, arachnids, berries and seeds. They
live amongst the reed, near the water, and they try to keep out of sight.
They nest in Spain.
In Iberian Peninsula they live in marshlands and in flooded, low vegetation
areas, but they are not easy to watch. Usually they are detected by their
squeal, similar to those of pigs.
They are included in the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species, as well
as in the LC Red List of the Threatened Vertebrates of Andalusia.