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Spotted Crake

David Attenborough presents the sounds and story of the spotted crake.

Tweet of the Day is a series of fascinating stories about our British birds inspired by their calls and songs. David Attenborough presents the Spotted Crake. If it weren't for its whiplash song, the spotted crake could win a prize as our least visible bird. Unlike its showy relatives the coot and the moorhen, this polka-dotted skulker is notoriously hard to find and only rarely betrays itself by singing.

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Tue 19 Jul 2016 05:58

Spotted Crake (Porzana porzana)

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