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White-breasted Waterhen

Amaurornis phoenicurus (Pennant, 1769)

Related taxa:
Partial list of sound recordings available from xeno-canto, macaulaylibrary.org & avocet.zoology.msu.edu.
Species name Recordist Date Location Remarks Cat.nr.
White-breasted Waterhen - Amaurornis phoenicurus Albert Lastukhin 2018-11-18 Tambon Mae Win, อำเภอ แม่วาง, Chang Wat Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai (Thailand) (420 m) song -

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

447292
xeno-canto.org
White-breasted Waterhen - Amaurornis phoenicurus leucomelana Bruno Durand 2013-10-24 Serangan island (center), Bali, Bali (mainland) (Indonesia) (10 m) call, female -

a female in a bush signaling to its chicks nearby.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

152652
xeno-canto.org
White-breasted Waterhen - Amaurornis phoenicurus Eric DeFonso 2016-03-09 Villa Sawah Guesthouse, Penestanan, Ubud, Bali, Bali (mainland) (Indonesia) (200 m) song -

Extended cut of whimpery song(?) perched in palms near rice paddies adjacent to guesthouse. Vocalization gets quiet in segments, also some house noise at times (water pump, AC unit, etc.)

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

365727
xeno-canto.org
White-breasted Waterhen - Amaurornis phoenicurus leucomelana Bruno Durand 2012-09-26 Peliatan Bhuana Alit, Gianyar, Bali, Bali (mainland) (Indonesia) (170 m) song -

in a small ricefield near a garden area.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

150449
xeno-canto.org
White-breasted Waterhen - Amaurornis phoenicurus Dibyendu Ash 2020-04-21 Baranagar, North 24 Parganas, West Bengal, North 24 Parganas (India) (10 m) call, song -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

549717
xeno-canto.org
White-breasted Waterhen - Amaurornis phoenicurus phoenicurus Hobart WQH 2018-11-18 Stapok area of Batu Kawa, Bahagian Kuching, Sarawak, Sarawak (Malaysia) (20 m) call -

A group of birds(saw two) was calling from across the road near a drain, perhaps there are some more among dense grass as well. Same group as XC442850 and XC442851.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

442852
xeno-canto.org
White-breasted Waterhen - Amaurornis phoenicurus Werzik 2017-12-22 Tambon Sai Ma, Amphoe Mueang Nonthaburi, Chang Wat Nonthaburi, Nonthaburi (Thailand) (10 m) call -

Calling its relatives who stay on the other side of road.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

396583
xeno-canto.org
White-breasted Waterhen - Amaurornis phoenicurus phoenicurus Greg Irving 2018-05-05 Thai Samakkhi Village, Amphoe Wang Nam Khiao, Chang Wat Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Ratchasima (Thailand) (440 m) call -

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

414019
xeno-canto.org
White-breasted Waterhen - Amaurornis phoenicurus Peter Boesman 2015-05-26 Banna Park, Ishigaki-jima, Ishigaki Island (Japan) call - [sono] 286016
xeno-canto.org
White-breasted Waterhen - Amaurornis phoenicurus Paulo Alves 2015-03-20 Gede Pangrango National Park, West Java Province, Java, Jawa Barat Province (Indonesia) (1650 m) call -

Probably this species, comparing with XC191244 and XC188426. Sonogram also seems to fit.

Started calling at dusk, when we were going up to 'Air Terjun', when we got back still calling.

At the 'Swamp'.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

232832
xeno-canto.org
White-breasted Waterhen - Amaurornis phoenicurus Albert Lastukhin & Vladimir Sotnikov 2015-06-18 Khasan, Khasanskiy rayon, Primorskiy kray, Primorskiy Kray (Russian Federation) (30 m) call, male, song -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

266605
xeno-canto.org
White-breasted Waterhen - Amaurornis phoenicurus leucomelana Bruno Durand 2013-10-04 Ubud Br Sakti Bintang Pari, Bali, Bali (mainland) (Indonesia) (260 m) song -

two birds at a short distance, in a ricefield.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

198538
xeno-canto.org
White-breasted Waterhen - Amaurornis phoenicurus Pranad Patil 2020-08-18 Tree of Life Resort & Spa, Chokhlawas at Kacherawala, Jaipur, Rajasthan, Jaipur (India) (440 m) adult, alarm call, male -

A little time before recording these calls, I had seen a pair of White-breasted Waterhens with five chicks in foraging in dense shrubs. When I returned to the spot, the family had separated, with one adult on one side of a pathway and the rest of the family on the other side in the same bushes. I assumed that the clucking sounds were made because of me, but then I noticed two feral cats under a car parked near by. The waterhen which has separated from the family was most likely a male, as it was marginally bigger than the other individual, and the black on the back a bit more glossier. The clucking sounds made by the male were occasionally responded by faint clucking sounds by the female.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

583630
xeno-canto.org
White-breasted Waterhen - Amaurornis phoenicurus Peter Boesman 2015-05-26 Ishigaki-jima, central region, Ishigaki Island (Japan) call - [sono] 286053
xeno-canto.org
White-breasted Waterhen - Amaurornis phoenicurus Albert Lastukhin 2016-01-18 Tambon Hua Hin, Amphoe Hua Hin, Chang Wat Prachuap Khiri Khan, Prachuap Khiri Khan (Thailand) (10 m) song -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

362694
xeno-canto.org
White-breasted Waterhen - Amaurornis phoenicurus Aladdin 2018-09-01 Singapore, Singapore (Singapore) (30 m) Maybe a call, call -

Recorded with my ZOOM H5 Handy recorder, high pass filter with Audacity

I was at the Botanical Garden watching two waterhens. I started a recording and the birds came rushing looking where the bird was. They made a terrible noise

Picture 1

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:yes

432691
xeno-canto.org
White-breasted Waterhen - Amaurornis phoenicurus phoenicurus Andrew Spencer 2014-04-01 Debarawewa, Hambantota (Sri Lanka) (20 m) song -

natural vocalization; song duet from a pair of birds at the edge of a large marshy lake.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

190858
xeno-canto.org
White-breasted Waterhen - Amaurornis phoenicurus Okamoto Keita Sin 2020-08-10 Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore, Singapore (Singapore) Call -

Subdault.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

610776
xeno-canto.org
White-breasted Waterhen - Amaurornis phoenicurus Jim Holmes 2016-12-02 Kudawa town, Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa Province, Ratnapura (Sri Lanka) (300 m) call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

346154
xeno-canto.org
White-breasted Waterhen - Amaurornis phoenicurus phoenicurus Frank Lambert 2013-06-12 Ishigaki, Okinawa Prefecture, Ishigaki Island (Japan) (90 m) song -

Probably same bird as on XC156228

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

156229
xeno-canto.org
White-breasted Waterhen - Amaurornis phoenicurus Patrik Åberg 2012-12-24 Tonle Sab Lake, Batdâmbâng (Cambodia) (10 m) call -

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

124434
xeno-canto.org
White-breasted Waterhen - Amaurornis phoenicurus Okamoto Keita Sin 2020-08-10 Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore, Singapore (Singapore) Call -

Subdault.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

610775
xeno-canto.org
White-breasted Waterhen - Amaurornis phoenicurus phoenicurus Rendra Pratama 2019-10-09 Bandung, West Java, Indonesia (Indonesia) (1 m) call -

Presumably one individual foraging at the bush near the puddle.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

501702
xeno-canto.org
White-breasted Waterhen - Amaurornis phoenicurus vir joshi 2210 2011 gujarat, Gujarat (India) (3 m) call (A) -   72919
xeno-canto.org
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