Scientific Name: Zapornia pusilla
Malay Name: Sintar-Kecil Biru Biasa
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: Rare migrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2019)
Location: Punggol Barat, Kranji Marsh, Lorong Halus.
- Bird List Revision for August 2020 (Revisions)
Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):
Baillon's Crake Zapornia pusilla Estimated average number of individuals by week based on eBird data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023
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