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20â€“22 cm (7Â¾-8Â¾ in)
Forehead rufous; rest of upperparts olive-brown; greater and median upperwing-coverts variably marked white; chin and throat white; side of head to breast cinnamon-rufous; flanks to undertail-coverts boldly barred black and white (dark bars browner in female). Legs and feet salmon to red; bill blue-grey with green base.
Duller overall plumage as compared to adult. Paler, washed-out head-sides and breast. May lack the white bars on wing coverts.
 Similar species
Resembles Ruddy-breasted Crake but the Band-bellied Crake has a stronger, thicker and shorter bill. The black and white bars between the flanks and undertail-coverts are also more distinct than the Ruddy-breasted Crake.
Breeds in North-eastern Asia, winters in south-east Asia:
Breeds in lowland marshes and tussocky meadows containing thickets or small trees; winters in wet grassland, swamps and paddyfields.
Their diet consists of crustaceans, insects and worms. Also known to scavenge dead fish.
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