French: Râle à crête German: Wasserhahn Spanish: Gallineta crestada
J. F. Gmelin
Pakistan, India, Maldives and Sri Lanka E to C & E China, Korea, S Japan and S Ryukyu Is, and S through Andamans, Nicobars and SE Asia to Sumatra and Philippines. Winters S to Greater and Lesser Sundas and Sulawesi.
Male 40–43 cm, 300–650 g; female 34·5–36 cm, 200–434 g; wingspan 68–86 cm. Large moorhen-like rail with slimmer, long-necked appearance.... read more
Noisy in breeding season, with three types of call, all produced fairly continuously and... read more
Reedy or grassy swamps, flooded pasture, rice fields, irrigated sugarcane, and rush-bordered... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds largely on seeds and shoots of “green crops”, and wild and cultivated rice, but also takes worms, molluscs, aquatic... read more
India and Pakistan, mostly Jun–Sept (monsoon months); Sri Lanka, May, also Jan–Feb and possibly Jul–Aug; Maldives, Jun... read more
Most birds from N China and Korea apparently migrate or disperse S for winter, but extent of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Formerly reckoned to be common over much of range. Currently regarded as common winter visitor Sumatra (perhaps breeding only... read more
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