Ruddy-breasted Crake

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

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

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

Local Subspecies: fusca

Size: 21-26.5 cm

Identification: 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: Band-bellied CrakeRed-legged 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 (IUCN 3.1)

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

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External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page (BirdLife: Zapornia fusca)
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