The first of two species is found in Africa, southern Europe, parts of Asia and Australia.
It reaches 20 inches and has a gently curved beak. The plumage is green, brown and
black with white underparts. The second species is found south of Argentina. Reaching only
10 inches; the plumage is dark with white underparts. These nocturnal birds can be
found in wetlands. They are not successful fliers and will fly only short distances.
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