Baillon’s Crake

Scientific Name: Porzana pusilla
Malay Name: Sintar-Kecil Dada Biru
Chinese Name: 小田鸡

Range:
Found from Europe, Africa, India, China, Japan to Indonesia and Australasia. Northern population winters to Southeast Asia.

Taxonomy:
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 and Kranji Marsh.

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External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page (BirdLife: Zapornia pusilla)
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Reference:
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