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Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta - Linnaeus 1758)

2013-09-26
Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta - Linnaeus 1758)Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta - Linnaeus 1758)

Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus - (Linnaeus) 1758)

2013-09-26
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus - (Linnaeus) 1758)Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus - (Linnaeus) 1758)

Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus - Linnaeus 1758)

2013-09-26
Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus - Linnaeus 1758)

Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus - Linnaeus 1758)


Water Rail is a secretive bird, more often heard than seen. Water Rail has very peculiar call, a kind of pig-like screams, grunts and squeals given in explosive series “groo-groo-gruuueeit-gruit-groo-gru…”
This call is often uttered at dawn and dusk or when the bird is surprised by something, noise or intruder. Water Rail frequents thick reedbeds and marshes, and numerous kinds of wet habitats with aquatic vegetation and slow-moving water. It (...)

Baillon's Crake (Porzana pusilla - (Pallas) 1776)

2013-09-26
Baillon's Crake (Porzana pusilla - (Pallas) 1776)

Baillon's Crake (Porzana pusilla - (Pallas) 1776)


Baillon's crake, Porzana pusilla, a very small member of the Rallidae family. This starling-sized bird is interesting because it has an extremely large range, being found throughout much of Europe, Asia, Africa and Australasia. Baillon's crakes are found in freshwater, brackish and saline wetlands. The European and Asian poulations are migratory, wintering in east Africa and south Asia, whereas the Australasian and African populations are (...)

Spotted Crake (Porzana porzana - (Linnaeus) 1766)

2013-09-26
Spotted Crake (Porzana porzana - (Linnaeus) 1766)

Spotted Crake (Porzana porzana - (Linnaeus) 1766)


The spotted crake is only the size of a starling. Breeding adults have a brown back with dark streaks, a blue-grey face and an olive-brown breast - all covered with white flecks and spots. The under tail is a warm buff colour. Spotted crakes tend to skulk in thick cover and walk with their body close to the ground and tail flicking. They swim with a jerky action like that of the moorhen. If surprised in the open, they run for cover or jump up (...)

Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio - (Linnaeus) 1758)

2013-09-26
Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio - (Linnaeus) 1758)

Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio - (Linnaeus) 1758)


The Purple Swamphen has silky purple-blue plumage with metallic gloss on throat and breast, contrasting with the white undertail coverts.  Purple Swamphen lives in swamps, lagoons, ponds and freshwater marshes, with reedbeds and dense floating vegetation, and also in flooded fields. This species needs aquatic vegetation for breeding.
Purple Swamphen usually retreats quickly under cover if disturbed. This bird may climb readily into (...)

Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus - (Linnaeus) 1758)

2013-09-26
Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus - (Linnaeus) 1758)

Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus - (Linnaeus) 1758)


Common Moorhen has slate-black plumage. Upperparts are brownish. We can see white stripe on flanks and white lateral undertail coverts. The pointed bill is red with yellow tip and red frontal plate above. Both sexes are similar, with male slightly larger than female. Common Moorhen utters a variety of sharp calls. We can frequently hear a low, rolling “krrruck”, a sudden short “chuck”, and a sharp “kik” or “kittick”. It gives a repeated (...)

Watercock (Gallicrex cinerea - (Gmelin) 1789)

2013-09-26
Watercock (Gallicrex cinerea - (Gmelin) 1789)

Watercock (Gallicrex cinerea - (Gmelin) 1789)


The Watercock (Gallicrex cinerea) is a waterbird in the rail and crake family Rallidae. It is the only member of the genus Gallicrex. The male is blue-black with red legs, a strongly conical red bill, and a protruding red frontal shield. The female is mottled and barred yellowish brown. The water cock is troublesome in rice fields, where it likes to nest. It is hunted for its flesh and its eggs. They nest in a dry location on the ground in marsh (...)

Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra - Linnaeus 1758)

2013-09-26
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra - Linnaeus 1758)

Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra - Linnaeus 1758)


Very common on lakes, ponds and rivers of the Old World, the Common Coot has expanded its range to other countries and continents. This species can be seen in large flocks. Their territorial fights are famous and spectacular, with the coots running fast over the lake and raising beautiful showers of water. The Common Coot’s typical contact call is a short “kow”, “kowk”, “kup” or a sharp “kik”, or sometimes a two-notes call “kick-kowp”. These calls (...)

White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus - (Pennant) 1769)

2013-09-26
White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus - (Pennant) 1769)

White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus - (Pennant) 1769)


White-breasted Waterhen has dark slate-brown upperparts. Face and underparts are white. Flanks, vent and undertail feathers are rufous-chestnut. Bill is yellowish-green. In breeding plumage, we can see the red base on the upper mandible. Eyes are deep red. Legs and large feet are yellowish. Both sexes are similar. White-breasted Waterhen is very vocal in breeding season, and at dawn and dusk. It may also be vocal at night. It (...)