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Little Crake - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Pavel
Shabla, Bulgaria, March 2006
Zapornia parva

Porzana parva



  • Short straight yellow bill with a red base
  • Green legs with long toes
  • Short tail is barred black, white underneath

Adult males

  • Mainly brown upperparts
  • Slate-grey face and underparts


Photo by Kevin Wade
Laguna Dulce, Málaga, Spain, March 2019
  • Whitish throat
  • Buff underparts
  • Grey only on the face

Immatures are similar to the female but have a white face and breast

The downy chicks are black, as with all rails

Similar Species

Water Rail and Spotted Crake


Europe, and western Asia.


Photo by Florian Andronache

This is a monotypic species[1].
Placed in genus Porzana by IOC.




Most active at dawn and dusk


Similar to Water Rail and Spotted Crake


The 4-7 eggs are laid in nests built in reeds.


Diet includes insects and aquatic animals.

They probe with their bill in mud or shallow water, also picking up food by sight.



  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Collins Field Guide 5th edition

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