What they look like
As the name suggests, this species has a distinctive white face, against a black head and dark grey bill. Their back and wings can range in colour from brown to black, while they're neck is chestnut in colour.
Adults hide in dense vegetation during their flightless period after they have moulted and briefly lost their flight feathers.
What they eat
Grasses, seeds, rice, molluscs, crustaceans and insects.
Where they live
Tropical America, sub-saharan Africa, Madagascar and the Comoros Islands.