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Fledgeling-White-breasted Waterhen? (1 Viewer)


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Dear members and bird watchers!

I suspect that this is a White-breasted Waterhen fledgeling.

I have nothing in my book looking like this bird and after checking internet I have come up with zero pictures looking like this.

Anyone here know how a White-breasted Waterhen fledgeling look like?

Kind regards and happy birding


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Technically not a fledgling I think, because it hasn't fledged (it can't yet fly).
But yes, this is exactly what White-breasted Waterhen chicks look like. Note the pale cheek patch and the first brown feathers on the undertail.
A slightly younger bird: http://orientalbirdimages.org/search.php?Bird_ID=781&Bird_Image_ID=138346&Bird_Family_ID=
The Birdforum opus has one a similar age to yours but the angle is a bit tricky on the chick: https://www.birdforum.net/opus/White-breasted_Water_Hen

Thank you!

I never thought of that, fledgling. I only know that they are called nestlings when they are in the nest and as birds usually have to fly to leave the nest I never thought about the birds on the ground.

They can just walk out of the nest before being able to fly. Is there any name for these birds before they can fly?

I spotted the Asian Pied Starling on the ground and could fly about 30 to 40 cm

Thanks again

Kind regards and happy birding


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