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.
the White-breasted Waterhen is found mainly near freshwater, and sometimes near brackish water.
feeds on insects, water invertebrates, small fish and seeds
Lays six or seven eggs in nest amongst low vegetation
Breeds in Asia from India, Pakistan to southern China to Indonesia. It also breeds on Christmas Island (Australia) and Cocos (Keeling) islands.
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
|Common Name:||White-breasted Waterhen|
Relatives in same Genus
Bush-hen (A. moluccana)