Scientific Name: Zapornia fusca
Malay Name: Sintar-Kecil Belacan
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
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.
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.
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