French: Grébifoulque d’Asie German: Maskenbinsenralle Spanish: Avesol asiático
G. R. Gray
S Bangladesh (Sundarbans) and NE India (E Arunachal Pradesh, E Assam, S Assam Hills), Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam; status uncertain in S Thailand#R, Malaysia and Sumatra.
43–55 cm. Mostly grey-brown, with full black mask and white at base of maxilla in male. Rectrices somewhat stiffened, but not as much as in Podica... read more
Gives deep bubbling notes, like a large bubble being blown underwater, followed by an accelerating... read more
Fairly varied: well-vegetated wetlands, including swamps and overgrown ponds, lake edges,... read more
Food and feeding
Very few data available. Reported to feed on aquatic insects, molluscs, frogs, crustaceans, small fish and some vegetable matter. Small... read more
Very poorly known. Breeding season was reputed to be during rains, but no confirmation until recently; in Cambodia, nest with eggs in mid... read more
Little known. Thought to be essentially sedentary throughout most, if not all, of range, but... read more
Status and conservation
ENDANGERED. Previously listed as Vulnerable. World population estimated at fewer than 10,000 birds. Considered to be threatened because of small and declining population,... read more
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