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  White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)





White-breasted Waterhen | Amaurornis phoenicurus photo
White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus in Kolkata, West Bengal, India.

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White-breasted Waterhen | Amaurornis phoenicurus photo
White-breasted Waterhen

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White-breasted Waterhen | Amaurornis phoenicurus photo
White-breasted Waterhen immature

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BIRD FACTS

Description
The White-breasted Waterhen is a member of the rail and crake family. It is dark grey above with white face throat chest and belly. The lower belly and under the tail is tan coloured. The bill and legs are yellow The tail is held up at an angle. Young birds are duller in colour than adults.

Size
30cm

Habitat
the White-breasted Waterhen is found mainly near freshwater, and sometimes near brackish water.

Food
feeds on insects, water invertebrates, small fish and seeds

Breeding
Lays six or seven eggs in nest amongst low vegetation

Range
Breeds in Asia from India, Pakistan to southern China to Indonesia. It also breeds on Christmas Island (Australia) and Cocos (Keeling) islands.



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Gruiformes
Family:Rallidae
Genus:Amaurornis
Species:phoenicurus
Common Name:White-breasted Waterhen

Relatives in same Genus
  Bush-hen (A. moluccana)