White-browed Crake (Porzana cinerea) - HBW 3, p. 190
French: Marouette grise
Spanish: Polluela Cejiblanca
Other common names: Ashy/Grey-bellied Crake
Taxonomy: Porphyrio cinereus Vieillot, 1819, Java.
On basis of bill structure and face pattern, which render it distinct from Porzana crakes, sometimes placed in genus Poliolimnas with Porzana flaviventer, which shows similar characters; this separation may well be valid. Until recently several races commonly recognized, notably brevipes, ocularis, micronesiae, leucophrys, meeki and tannensis; but differences between them are slight, not well defined, and subject to overlap. Monotypic.
Distribution: Malaysia and Greater Sundas through Philippines, Sulawesi, Moluccas and Lesser Sundas to New Guinea and N Australia, and E through Micronesia and Melanesia (S to Vanuatu and New Caledonia) to WC Polynesia (Fiji and Samoa); formerly also Volcano Is.
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A bird feeding along the water's edge Locality Cairns Crocodile Farm, Gordonvale, Queensland, Australia (Monotypic species)
Keith Blomerley 2 November 2003 7 years ago 28 sec 4.3
A bird catching a prey and eating it, over aquatic plants. Locality Ang Trapeang Thmor, Banteay Meanchey Province, Cambodia (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 3 March 2011 3 years ago 30 sec 4.1
A bird bathing in a puddle. Locality Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (Malaysia), Borneo (Monotypic species)
Paul Clarke 24 May 2014 25 weeks ago 21 sec 4
A bird walking over aquatic plants, looking for food. Locality Ang Trapeang Thmor, Banteay Meanchey Province, Cambodia (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 3 March 2011 3 years ago 38 sec 4
An individual foraging on a wetland. Locality Ang Trapeang Thmor, Banteay Meanchey Province, Cambodia (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 3 March 2011 3 years ago 28 sec 3.7
Searching food. Locality Sierra Madre, Cagayan Valley Province, Luzon, Philippines (ssp ocularis)
Daniêl Jimenez 14 April 2009 5 years ago 1 min 1 sec 3.5
White-browed Crake (Porzana cinerea)
Locality Bozem Wonorejo, Surabaya, East Java Province, Java (Indonesia)
Rusman Budi Prasetyo 5 October 2014 10 weeks ago 4.3
A single captive individual in the mangrove hall.
Locality Burgers' Zoo, Arnhem, Gelderland Province, Netherlands
Pierre de Chabannes 1 April 2009 5 years ago 4.3
Locality Chong Yen, Mae Wong National Park, North Western Thailand, Thailand
John A Thompson 15 January 2013 2 years ago 3.7
Adult bird in wet grass near ricefields
Locality Lasiana, Kupang City, Kupang Regency, West Timor (Indonesia), Timor, Lesser Sundas
ColTrainor 13 August 2012 1 year ago 3.1
These animals live in the bush in the water around the dam
Locality Batujai Dam, Praya, Lombok, Lesser Sundas
ismawan 15 June 2014 35 weeks ago 3
An individual on a wetland, foraging over aquatic plants.
Locality Ang Trapeang Thmor, Banteay Meanchey Province, Cambodia (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 3 March 2011 3 years ago 2.8