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White-browed Crake - BirdForum Opus

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Candaba Swamp, Pampanga, Philippines, 25 November, 2005
Poliolimnas cinereus

Amaurornis cinerea
Porzana cinerea


15–20 cm (6-8 in)

  • Crown grey, becoming blacker as feathers wear
  • Black stripe through eye, bordered by white above and below
  • Greyish throat
  • Whitish underparts


Malaysia and Philippines to coastal, northern Australia and southwestern Oceania.


This is a monotypic species[1].
Formerly placed in genus Porzana.


Freshwater and salinic wetlands such as swamps, marshes, creeks, rivers, lakes etc, both seasonal and ephemeral.


They eat a very varied diet, consisting of items such as earthworms, slugs, leeches, insects, water spiders, frog spawn, and small fish. They will also eat seeds and leaves of aquatic plants.


Monogamous. The nest is a platform made from rushes, grasses etc.Lined with soft materials. Generally it is placed on the ground, but may be up to 1m high, perhaps in the fork of a mangrove or deep into the marsh. Standing grasses and/or reeds may be woven over the top to form a canopy.

The clutch averages 4 eggs which are incubated for 18 days by both adults. There may be a second brood. The chicks are all black


Mainly resident, but likely to be partially migratory.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Taylor, B. (2021). White-browed Crake (Poliolimnas cinereus), version 1.1. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.whbcra1.01.1

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