White-browed Crake

Scientific Name: Poliolimnas cinereus
Malay Name: Ruak-ruak Kening Putih
Chinese Name: 白眉田鸡

Found from Southeast Asia to Northern Australia


Size: 19-21.5 cm

Adult is easily identified by a combination of small size, dark orbital area bordered above and below by broad white streak (resembling eye-brow), greyish crown, nape, breast and upper flanks, brownish upperparts, yellowish bill with some red at base and yellowish-green legs and feet. Juvenile resembles adult but the greyish parts are somewhat browner, facial features less distinct and lacks red at base of bill.

Habitat: Well-vegetated freshwater wetlands.

Behaviour/Ecology: Usually more active in the early morning and evening when they are fairly conspicuous when feeding in the open.

Local Status: Uncommon resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Lorong Halus, Kranji Marsh and Sengkang Riverside Park.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2016). Amaurornis cinerea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.