Band-bellied Crake

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Scientific Name: Zapornia paykullii

Malay Name: Sintar-Kecil Belacan Berbelang

Chinese Name: 斑胁田鸡

Range: Found from Siberia, Korea to Northeast China and winters to Southeast Asia except the Philippines

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 27 cm

Identification: Resembles Ruddy-breasted Crake but has a stronger, thicker and shorter bill, some narrow whitish and dark bars on wing coverts and the black white bars between flanks and undertail-coverts are more distinctive. Juvenile has paler head-sides and breasts and browner legs than adult.

Similar looking species: Red-legged Crake, Ruddy-breasted Crake

Habitat: Freshwater wetlands.

Behaviour/Ecology: Very skulking.

Local Status: Vagrant

Conservation Status: Near Threatened (BirdLife International 2016)

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Band-bellied Crake Zapornia paykullii
Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
Early date 19 Jan 2018
Late date 28 Apr 2019
A globally rare migrant. Like other crakes, can remain inconspicuous and difficult to see. Past records have all been in Jan or later.


BirdLife International. (2016). Zapornia paykullii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

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

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