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White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)

 
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Dec 22, 2011 17:05 |  #1

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Adult White-breasted Waterhens have mainly dark grey upperparts and flanks, and a white face, neck and breast. The lower belly and undertail are cinnamon coloured. The body is flattened laterally to allow easier passage through the reeds or undergrowth. They have long toes, a short tail and a yellow bill and legs. Sexes are similar but females measure slightly smaller. Immature birds are much duller versions of the adults. The downy chicks are black, as with all rails.

Several subspecies are named for the populations that are widely distributed. The nominate subspecies is described from Sri Lanka but is often widened to include chinensis of mainland India and adjoining regions in Asia, west to Arabia and east nearly to Japan. The remaining subspecies are those from islands and include insularis of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, midnicobaricus of the central Nicobars, leucocephala of Car Nicobar, maldivus of the Maldives, javanicus of Java and leucomelanus of Sulawesi and the Lesser Sundas

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Dec 22, 2011 17:41 |  #2

Great shot. Very interesting bird. I feel like I see a new species every day I'm on this site. :)


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Dec 22, 2011 20:12 as a reply to  @ nvchad2's post |  #3

What an interesting looking bird Paolo. Those feet are humongous!
Lovely mixture of colors too from the gray foreground to the green background.
Nicely done!


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Dec 23, 2011 00:51 |  #4

great shot mr pao, i've never seen this one before. thanks for sharing.


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Dec 23, 2011 01:08 |  #5

CamFan01 wrote in post #13587458 (external link)
What an interesting looking bird Paolo. Those feet are humongous!
Lovely mixture of colors too from the gray foreground to the green background.
Nicely done!

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Dec 23, 2011 04:11 |  #6

very nice Paolo




  
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Dec 23, 2011 05:33 |  #7

A lovely shot of a ditto bird. Well done, Paolo.


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Dec 23, 2011 12:38 |  #8

Excellent shot...Great color...Nice framing...


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