Baillon’s Crake

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

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 (BirdLife International 2019)

Location: Punggol Barat, Kranji Marsh, Lorong Halus.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Baillon’s Crake)

BirdLife International. (2019). Zapornia pusilla. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. Accessed on 19 December 2021

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

Taylor, B. (1998). Rails: A Guide to Rails, Crakes, Gallinules and Coots of the World. Yale University Press.