Female Corncrake(Crex crex) singing in the wild

  title={Female Corncrake(Crex crex) singing in the wild},
  author={Richard Ottvall},
  journal={Journal f{\"u}r Ornithologie},
  • R. Ottvall
  • Published 1 October 1999
  • Biology
  • Journal für Ornithologie
The male Corncrake (Crex crex) has a characteristic mating call. In aviary it has been shown that females can also produce a call similar to the male's typical “crex crex”. I describe a strikingly different call produced by a female on Öland, southeast Sweden. The sex identification was based on the small size during close examination in the hand. The female call has a similar rhythm to the male call but lacks the rasping of the male and is almost a barking sound. The female was heard calling… 
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