White-browed Crake

Scientific Name: Poliolimnas cinereus

Malay Name: Ruak-ruak Kening Putih

Chinese Name: 白眉田鸡

Range: Found from Southeast Asia to Northern Australia

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 19-21.5 cm

Identification: 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.


BirdLife International. (2016). Amaurornis cinerea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22692723A93366932.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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