Black upperparts; white underparts; variable, dark pattern on head and neck; distinctive, long, red legs; long, thin, black bill.
Noisy. Spends most of its time walking and feeding in shallow water. Defends its nest aggressively and feigns injury to divert predators.
Feeds on aquatic insects, mollusks, and crustaceans.
Shallow freshwater in Azraq and the reservoirs of western Jordan. Migrates through Jordan from spring through autumn. Breeds in Jordan in the summers of rainy years. Builds nests on the ground.