Baillon’s crake


Baillon’s crake is a small, plump bird with rounded wings and a short, conical-shaped bill.

How does the bird appear…

It has upperparts streaked with black and white with barring on the rear. The underparts are a pale grey that stretches from the breast to around the eyes. The bill and the legs are pale green.

The juvenile has a mottled-white breast and more extensive barring.

Habitat: Where to find this bird?

It inhabits marshes, swamps, flooded meadows, the margins of open water, wet pasture, artificial wetlands and saltmarshes.


It forages in small flocks. It feeds on insects, worms, small fish, plant material, seeds.

Breeding & Nesting

It is monogamous. It breeds after wet season. It builds filmsy cup shaped nest near water in grass. Incubation period is of 16 to 20 days. Incubation is done by both parents.


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