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33 cm. Probably almost flightless, although some reports that it may fly well; tail very short and decomposed; some white barring on inner webs of primaries. Sexes alike. H. torquata and H. okinawae differ in having distinctive head pattern and barred undertail-coverts; H. torquata is volant and has longer tail and brown legs; H. okinawae has reddish bill and legs. Immature and juvenile not described.
Heavy damp forests and mountain valleys; also swampy cane grass; wanders into gardens when foraging. Occurs from sea-level to at least 1130 m.
Diet and Foraging
Snails, insects (including beetles) and vegetable matter.
Sounds and Vocal Behavior
Social organization not known; commonly occurs in parties. Nests on the ground. No further information available.
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. No recent assessment of status but regarded as locally common in 1980s. Snared and eaten by local people. Extensive research required on ecology, biology and status.