French: Marouette akool German: Braunbauch-Kielralle Spanish: Gallineta akul
Sometimes placed in Porzana or Amaurornis. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
Z. a. akool
(Sykes, 1832) – NE Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and W Myanmar.
Z. a. coccineipes
(Slater, 1891) – SE China to NE Vietnam.
26–28 cm; male 114–170 g, female 110–140 g. Very plain with olive brown upperparts, white throat, dark slate grey underparts shading to olive brown from... read more
Short plaintive note, heard at daybreak and just before sunset; shrill rattle (attributed to this... read more
Dense swamps, Pandanus palm groves, sugar cane fields, riparian reedbeds and other dense... read more
Food and feeding
Worms, molluscs, adult and larval insects, and seeds of marsh plants. Largely crepuscular, emerging cautiously at edges of reedbeds and... read more
Mar–Oct, chiefly May–Aug; varies with locality. Monogamous. Nest a pad of grasses, rush blades and sticks, with slight central... read more
Resident, but possibly also migrant over relatively short distances, N populations wintering in S... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Infrequently seen because of its shy and secretive nature, but formerly regarded as fairly common throughout range; no information... read more
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