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Tambun, Sulawesi, Indonesia, October 2014

Alternative name: Isabelline Waterhen; Sulawesi Waterhen, Sulawesi Bush-hen

Amaurornis isabellina


40cm. Sexes alike. A large rail.

  • upperparts grey-tinged, olive-brown. Includes the crown and most of the face
  • underparts vinous chestnut to rufous. Includes the neck sides and cheeks
  • bill short, heavy, pale green
  • legs greenish brown
  • eye dark red


Sulawesi endemic. South East Asia: Indonesia: Greater Sundas. A poorly known species, definitely recorded in the north and south east.


This is a monotypic species.


Lowlands; grasslands near water.
Occurs from lowlands up to 800m.


Diet unknown.
Chicks recorded in May. No other information about breeding.


The call is a loud tak-tak-tak-tak.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and J Sargatal, eds. 1996. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 3: Hoatzin to Auks. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334207

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