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Australian Spotted Crake

(Porzana fluminea)
Alternative names: "Water-crake", "Australian Crake", "Spotted Crake"
Size: 19-22 cm

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Australian Spotted Crake at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Close-up frontal view of an adult Australian Spotted Crake (photo courtesy of F. Japp)
[Lake Hawthorn, Mildura, VIC, in June 2014]

Near-lateral view of an Australian Spotted Crake
[Yarrie Lake, near Wee Waa, NSW, January 2013]

Close-up lateral view of an Australian Spotted Crake (photo courtesy of F. Japp)
[Lake Hawthorn, Mildura, VIC, in June 2014]

Lateral view of an Australian Spotted Crake moving along the edge of a swamp
[Yarrie Lake, near Wee Waa, NSW, January 2013]

The same Australian Spotted Crake as shown above, keeping an eye on the photographer
[Yarrie Lake, near Wee Waa, NSW, January 2013]

Partly obscured lateral view of an Australian Spotted Crake
[Macquarie Marshes NR, NSW, April 2011]

Distant lateral view of an Australian Spotted Crake (photo courtesy of R. Druce); click on image to see a Purple Swamphen for comparison
[Near Narrabri, NSW, December 2012]

Behaviour

Australian Spotted Crakes are very small, shy birds and extremely well-camouflaged. The photo below gives an example of how hard they can be to spot.

Distant lateral view of an Australian Spotted Crake; click on photo to see the full-size image taken with 300 mm focal length
[Near Narrabri, NSW, December 2012]

Sometimes this is the only thing that attracts an observer's attention to the presence of an Australian Spotted Crake: The white spot on the underside of its tail
[Near Narrabri, NSW, December 2012]

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