Rallus aquaticus   Linnaeus,  1758 (Bird)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class: Aves
Order:Gruiformes
Family:Rallidae

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Description
Size: 23-28 cm.

Voice: Squealing queeek..., krik.

Habits: Normally occurs singly or in pairs in swampy reed beds, ventures out to feed during early morning or dusk in cloudy and drizzly weather. Breeds from late May to early August in Kashmir valley and nests well concealed in swamps a few centimeters above water.

Adult: Sexes alike, medium-sized bird with slender body, comparatively longer, fleshy-brown legs and long orange-red bill. Above, greyish olive-brown streaked with black . Below, chin and throat white, sides of head, neck and breast pale slaty-grey, flanks with black and white bars. Juvenile: Has distinct white bars on wings-coverts, reddish-edged feathers below.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Water Rail (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Estuarine
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Chiefly carnivorous, comprising snails, slugs, insects, but also marsh plants.
IUCN Status:  Least Concern

Biogeography


• North West INDIA
• PAKISTAN
• BANGLADESH
• SRI LANKA

Literature Source(s)
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at - http://www.iucnredlist.org/
  • Kumar, A; Sati, JP; Tak, PC and Alfred, JRB (2005) Handbook on Indian wetland birds and their conservation Zoological Survey of India, Dehra Dun 468 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Birding in India and South Asia Available at - http://www.birding.in/
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org

Page last updated on:2010-09-21

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