White-browed Crake

Amaurornis cinerea micronesiae

Order

GRUIFORMES

Family

Rails, Gallinules and Coots (Rallidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

AMACIN

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The White-browed Crake has a large range of 3,640,000 square kilometers. It inhabits marshes and other wetlands in parts of Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, New Guinea, Australia, and most islands in the southern and western Pacific Ocean. Although no estimate has been made of the global population of the White-browed Crake, it is believed to be large and stable enough to warrant a conservation rating of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

White-browed Crake: Small rail, gray-black crown, white lores go above eye, short black mask, white throat in line below and behind eye. Side of neck, breast gray. White-brown belly and vent. Back, wings, and tail gray-brown. Medium to short, thick, red-orange bill, orange-yellow tip. Sexes similar, juvenile has paler face pattern and underparts.

 

Range and Habitat

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White-browed Crake SONGS AND CALLS

White-browed Crake H1

Chattering "che-che" calls and squeaky "kek" calls.

White-browed Crake H2

Chattering calls.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"chicka", "charr-r"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Iwo Jima rail, which may have been a subspecies of the White-browed Crake native to Iwo Jima, is now extinct. It was last seen in 1924.
  • The White-browed Crake was first described in 1819 on Java by the French ornithologist Vieillot.
  • They are active during the day, but primarily in the early morning and evening.
  • A group of crakes are collectively known as a "bowl", "box", and "cob" of crakes.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Chris Vest

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