Common indigenous wader distributed in tanks, paddy fields and marshes of low country dry zone and less commonly in wet zone. Usually found in pairs or as small scattered flocks. To escape a danger such as attack of a hawk it dives and remain under water for some time clinging to under water weeds, while keeping only its beak above the surface for breathing. It feeds on water insects and such small animals, and also various kinds of vegetarian stuffs. During breeding season which is from March to July it make a nest on top of a shrub growing in water and lay 5-8 eggs.