The white-browed crake (Amaurornis cinerea)

The White-browed Crake (Amaurornis cinerea)

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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 (Amaurornis cinerea)

 

The white-browed crake species inhabit subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, wetlands, marshes, dense swamps, reedbeds and paddy fields.

 

The white-browed crake (Amaurornis cinerea)

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.

 

The white-browed crake (Amaurornis cinerea)

This crake feeds primarily on invertebrates, aquatic insects, insects, worms, small frogs and mollusks.

The white-browed crake (Amaurornis cinerea)

The White-browed crakes repeated “Chika” call is a familiar sound around both the saltwater and freshwater wetlands here on Siargao.

 

The white-browed crake (Amaurornis cinerea)
A feeding pair of White-browed crakes.
The White-browed crake gets its name from a distinctive black and white facial pattern which makes it easy to identify in the field.

The white-browed crake (Amaurornis cinerea)

 

The white-browed crake (Amaurornis cinerea)
Notice the giant yellow feet this crake has for walking through marshy areas!

 

 

 

 


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