Scientific Name: Zapornia pusilla
Malay Name: Sintar-Kecil Biru Biasa
Chinese Name: 小田鸡
Found from Europe, Africa, India, China, Japan to Indonesia and Australasia. Northern population winters to Southeast Asia.
Polytypic. Subspecies are: intermedia, pusilla, mira, mayri, palustris, affinis
Local Subspecies: pusilla
Size: 19-20.5 cm
Identification: Adult has rich brown upperparts with black streaks and black-edged white markings, pale grey head-sides and anterior underparts, black-and-white bars at posterior underparts and greenish bill and legs. Juvenile resembles adult but lack the pale grey plumage at head-sides and anterior underparts.
Habitat: Marshes and grasslands with dense emergents, floating vegetation and shallow water.
Behaviour/Ecology: Skulking, rarely seen away from reedbeds.
Local Status: Uncommon migrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Location: Punggol Barat, Kranji Marsh, Lorong Halus.
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Barry Taylor (1998) Rails: A Guide to Rails, Crakes, Gallinules and Coots of the World