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Corn crake on Tory island | by Ronald Surgenor
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Corn crake on Tory island

The Corn Crake, Corncrake or Landrail (Crex crex)is a small bird in the family Rallidae.


Its breeding habitat is not marshes as with most crakes, but, as the name implies, meadows and arable farmland. It breeds across Europe and western Asia, migrating to Africa in winter. It is in steep decline across most of its range because modern farming practices mean that nests and birds are destroyed by mowing or harvesting before breeding is finished. (wikipedia)

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Taken on June 5, 2011