Little Crake / Polluela bastarda
Maximum size: between 17 and 19 cm
They live in wetlands, pools, ponds, marshes, swamplands with plenty
of vegetation, and at the edge of lagoons. They favour the dawn, and they
hide amongst marsh vegetation, which makes them difficult to be seen. They
feed on insects, molluscs and seeds. They are an over-wintering, migratory
species. They have only been seen in the marshes in the River Guadalquivir,
the salt lagoons in Roquetas de Mar (Almería), the lagoons in El
Portil (Huelva), and in Fuente de Piedra (Málaga). They were a reported-sight
in Charca de Suárez, in Motril, Granada, in February and March 2012.
They can be seen in Doñana in the pre and post-mating seasons.
They are included in the Red List of the Vertebrates of Andalusia and the
National List of Threatened Species.