Sunday, March 2, 2014
Creature Feature #135: Crake
The Crake are a small, innocuous addition to the Rail Family. These secretive birds live deep in marsh habitats, where he rarely flies, prefering to stalk through the reeds. His main diet consists of invertebrates - sandworms, crabs and snails. Other species inhabit dense rainforest - anywhere where they can hide. Whilst capable of flight, they are not skilled fliers and several species have fallen prey to introduced mammals such as rats and cats. This Black Crake lives in sub-Saharan Africa. He is an aggressive bird and will attack - and even kill - larger rail invaders on his territory. Whilst many Crake are crepuscular, his species are diurnal and more confident, and are often seen feeding out in the open.