Ruddy-breasted Crake

Scientific Name: Zapornia fusca
Malay Name: Sintar-Kecil Belacan Biasa
Chinese Name: 红胸田鸡

Found from Pakistan to India, China, Japan and Southeast Asia

Polytypic. Subspecies are: fusca, zeylonica, phaeopyga, erythrothorax.

Local Subspecies: fusca

Size: 21-26.5 cm

Distinguished from Red-legged Crake by plain wings, cold dark olive-brown upperparts, deep reddish-chestnut underparts, indistinct whitish-and-blackish vent-bars and green-based dark bill. Juvenile resembles adult but has darker upperparts and brownish-grey bars/mottlings at underparts.

Similar looking species: Red-legged Crake, Band-bellied Crake

Habitat: Freshwater wetlands and wet grasslands at the edge of ditches and canals.

Behaviour/Ecology: Active mainly at dusk and in the early morning when they will forage at the edges of reedbeds and short distance from dense cover.

Local Status: Uncommon resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Lorong Halus, Kranji Marsh, Bishan Park, Tampines Eco Green, Punggol Barat, Marina Barrage and Gardens by the Bay.

Featured articles:

BirdLife International. (2016). Zapornia fusca. 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.
Taylor, B. (1998). Rails: A Guide to Rails, Crakes, Gallinules and Coots of the World. Yale University Press.