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Main features: Large (33cm); upperparts black; white face, belly; chestnut flanks and undertail coverts; bill green or yellow, red at the base; legs yellowish green. Genders look alike.
Juvenile: Dirtier looking, overall grey-brown; upperparts browner; white replaced by dark grey; bill grey.
Call: Described as a dawn chorus lasting several minutes of frog-like croaking and grunting followed by regular u-wak. Also a soft, hollow hoop repeated monotonously; alarm call is a high-pitched hik.
In flight: Flies with legs dangling.
Similar birds: Common Moorhen: their juveniles look similar. But the Common Moorhen's has a white under tail covert while the White-breasted Waterhen's is cinnamon.
Status in Singapore: Very common resident throughout the island, including North and South offshore islands.
World distribution: Resident and common in India through southern China, Southeast Asia to the Philippines and Bali.
Classification: Family Rallidae (Rails). World 142 species, Singapore 11 species.
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- [2008-10-10 8:01]
its difficult to see this shy bird like this in open, beautifuly captured, with good details of the bird. what a viewpoint and great background. well done. tfs.
Well composed shot, Ang, and a good moment.
I do like the low point of view as well. Not obvious, I guess.
- [2008-10-10 10:24]
Hello Ang Wee,
What a beauty! The low POV is perfect. Sharpness, colours and composition are more than excellent. Nice eye-contact.
Nice to see one of these again. When we were kids we used to see a lot of them out in Malaysia where we knew them under their Malay name of "Ruak Ruak".