The Finfoot is elusive and secretive. He is usually to be found in mangrove swamps or near bodies of water. Here he glides across the water, scooping up invertebrate larvae, frogs and small fish. His toes are partly lobed and he is well equipped with a long neck and sharp beak. Nests are constructed loosely of twigs and reeds, in branches or fallen trees that span over the water. Two eggs are laid, and the takes sole incubation duty. At only a few days old the chicks depart the nest.