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The Watercock (Gallicrex cinerea) is a waterbird in the rail and crake family, Rallidae. It is the only member of the genus Gallicrex. Traditionally held to be closely related to moorhens (which the adult male visually closely resembles), it is actually member of a mostly tropical Asian clade containing also Aenigmatolimnas, Amaurornis, Himantornis and Megacrex.
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Their breeding habitat is swamps across south Asia from India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka to south China, Korea, Japan, Philippines and Indonesia. They nest in a dry location on the ground in marsh vegetation, laying 3-6 eggs. These large rails are mainly permanent residents throughout their range.
The body of this rail is flattened laterally to allow easier passage through the reeds or undergrowth. It has long toes and a short tail.
Adult male watercocks are 43 cm long and weigh 476–650 g. They have mainly black-grey plumage with red legs, bill, extended frontal shield and horn. Young males are buff in colour, darkening as they mature. Their bill is yellow and their legs are green.
Female birds are smaller at 36 cm and 298–434 g. They are dark brown above and paler below. the plumage is streaked and barred with darker markings. The bill is yellow and the legs are green. The downy chicks are black, as with all rails.
Sighted: (Date of first photo that I could use) 7 December 2020
Location: Thai Tank Terminal jetty TTT 2B, Map Ta Put
Coming back from Greater Bongkot North Field and Pump Man discovered a sleeping Watercock at arrival to Thai Tank Terminal in Map Ta Put 5 o'clock in the morning. He know that I like birds and he brought it to me in my office before we put it in safety out of works way.
Watercock, นกอีลุ้ม - 7 December 2020 - Thai Tank Terminal jetty TTT 2B, Map Ta Put
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