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Black-tailed Crake (Porzana bicolor - Walden 1872)


One of the most sought after Rallidae in Bhutan living in subtropical or tropical moist montane marshes at heights around 2100m. it kept to patches of jungle, scrub and rushes between or round the rice cultivation or, where there was none of this, to small ponds and pools in or near forest. They also frequented small streams, especially those which had plenty of cover on one side and open grass-land on the opposite one. They often came out of the cover in the early mornings and late evenings and fed on the grass-land, picking up small grasshoppers, land-shells and small worms. On the least sign of danger they scuttled down to the bank and either swam or flew to the cover on the far side.