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MalePhoto © by Alok TewariKeoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India, July-2016
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India, July-2016
Gallicrex cinerea


[edit] Identification

Male 42–43 cm (16½-17 in); Female 36 cm (14 in)

  • Blackish-grey
  • Red legs, bill, forehead shield and horn

Young males

  • Buff, darkening with age
  • Yellow bill
  • Green legs
FemalePhoto © by SeeTohSingapore Botanic Gardens, February 2012
Photo © by SeeToh
Singapore Botanic Gardens, February 2012


  • Dark brown upperparts
  • Paler underparts
  • Streaked and barred with darker markings
  • Yellow bill
  • Green legs

Chicks are black.

[edit] Distribution

South Asia from India and Sri Lanka to south China, Japan and Indonesia.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Lowlands marshes, swamps, rice fields, flooded pastures etc.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

They nest on the dry ground in marsh vegetation. Their clutch consists of 3-6 eggs.

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists mostly of green shoots, seeds and rice. They also eat worms, molluscs, aquatic insect and larva.

[edit] Vocalisation

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Recording by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, India, July-2016
A male is giving his trademark grunting call, partially hidden in grass.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2015)
  3. Wikipedia

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