The White-browed Crake (Amaurornis cinerea)
The White-browed crake (Amaurornis cinerea) is a bird in the family of rails (Rallidae). I’ve found it be somewhat secretive and it usually runs quickly for cover when spotted so I was happy to get this series of pictures in a flooded rice field a few days ago.
The white-browed crake species inhabit subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, wetlands, marshes, dense swamps, reedbeds and paddy fields.
It has been recorded in Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Fiji, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Micronesia, New Caledonia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Thailand, and Vanuatu.
This crake feeds primarily on invertebrates, aquatic insects, insects, worms, small frogs and mollusks.
The White-browed crakes repeated “Chika” call is a familiar sound around both the saltwater and freshwater wetlands here on Siargao.