Watercock

Scientific Name: Gallicrex cinerea
Malay Name: Ayam-ayam Tanduk
Chinese Name: 董鸡

Range:
Found from Indian subcontinent to southern China, Japan and Southeast Asia. Northern populations winter to Southeast Asia.

Taxonomy:
Monotypic

Size: M:41-43 cm, F:31-36 cm

Identification: Non-breeding male and female have buff brown plumage with bold dark streaks on the upperparts, narrow barrings on the underparts and yellowish-green bill and legs. Male is significantly larger and has thicker bill than female. Breeding male has black body with streaked buff-brown back, mostly yellowish bill and red frontal shield that extends over the head. Juvenile resembles female.

Habitat: Freshwater wetlands, marshy grasslands and well vegetated ponds in parks/gardens.

Behaviour/Ecology: Usually solitary and skulk in thick cover, occasionally coming out to feed in the open.

Local Status: Uncommon migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Recent sightings were at Singapore Botanic Gardens, Japanese Garden, Kranji Marsh, Lorong Halus, Seletar and Tuas.

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External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
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
Allen Jeyarajasingam & Alan Pearson (2012) A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore