(Brit. Mus. Cat. Birds, vol. xxiii).
This small crake, considerably less in size than a snipe, is recognizable among its kind by its very plain colouring of light brown, shaded with grey in front, above, and white below ; the legs are green. The young have none of the grey shade about the head.
The whity-brown crake is a bird of the Far Bast, ranging from the Malay Peninsula east even to the islands of the Pacific. In its Malayan haunts it has been observed to prefer cultivated land to the wilds, and is very numerous in autumn in the Singapore paddy-fields, especially in those richly manured with urban refuse. Hume figured it along with the Malayan banded crake owing to its having been supposed to have occurred in Nepal, a mistaken idea based on a wrong identification, for which he was not responsible, and which he discovered after the bird had been drawn.