Porzana maruetta

Porzana maruetta, Leach.

909 :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 722 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. V, p. 215 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 432; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 264.


Length, 8.7 to 9.2; expanse, 14.5 to 15.7; wing, 4.3 to 4.8; tail, 1.85 to 2.1; tarsus, 1.21 to 1.43; bill from gape, 0.77 to 0.9; weight, 3 to 4 oz.

The tip of the lower and the greater part of the upper mandible dusky olive-green; the basal two-thirds of lower mandible and a band at base of the upper one wax-yellow with an orange tinge on culmen, and a red spot at the base of the maxilla on either side ; irides reddish-brown; legs and feet generally bright olive-green. This is Mr. Hume's description of the soft parts. Jerdon's is much shorter, as follows: Bill greenish-yellow, orange, at the base; irides red-brown; legs and feet bright yellowish-green.

Crown, back, scapulars, and rump, olive-brown, blotched with dusky, and all the feathers, except those of the head, elegantly spotted and streaked with white; forehead and eyestreak ash-grey, the latter speckled with white ; nape thickly spotted with black and white ; cheeks cinereous, speckled with black; wing-coverts olive-brown, sparingly spotted with white; quills brown; throat ash-grey; forepart of the neck and breast pale olivaceous, tinged with ashy-grey and spotted with white ; belly and vent ashy-white; flanks with transverse bars of white, black, and olivaceous-brown.

The Spotted Crake occurs as a more or less common cold weather visitant to all parts of the district.

Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
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Porzana maruetta
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Spotted Crake
Spotted Crake
Porzana porzana
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