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Spotless Crake

(Porzana tabuensis)
Alternate name(s): "Leaden Crake", "Tabuan Crake", "Swamp-rail", "Little Swamp-hen", "Puekeko*", "Putoto"
Aboriginal name(s): Race "tabuensis": "warradja" (WA)

Size: 17-20 cm
Weight: 35-55 g

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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 Spotless Crake at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "tabuensis"

ADULT

Lateral view of an adult Spotless Crake (photo courtesy of C. Charles)
[Triangle Pond, Homebush, Sydney, NSW, January 2009]

Near-dorsal view of a Spotless Crake
[Old Quipolly Dam, near Quirindi, NSW, December 2016]

Dorsal view of a Spotless Crake
[Old Quipolly Dam, near Quirindi, NSW, December 2016]

Lateral view of a Spotless Crake in flight, with a view of its underwing pattern (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Eastlakes Golf Course, Sydney, NSW, November 2013]

Lateral view of a Spotless Crake in flight, with a view of its upperwing pattern (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Eastlakes Golf Course, Sydney, NSW, November 2013]

Lateral view of a Spotless Crake in flight, here seen carrying an insect back to its dependent young (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Eastlakes Golf Course, Sydney, NSW, November 2013]

Behaviour

Although not streaked, the plumage of Spotless Crakes is also cryptic - it is adapted to camouflage the birds in the dark, often muddy habitats they prefer.

Spotless Crake moving along the edge of a well-vegetated fresh water lake, in this case a small, old, disused and largely silted-up water storage dam - this is the only thing one may be able to pick up before the bird disappears from view again; even in the original photo, taken with a 300-mm tele-lens, it is hard to spot (at the base of the reed stalks, just below the centre of the image)
[Old Quipolly Dam, near Quirindi, NSW, December 2016]

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