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White-breasted Waterhen

Amaurornis phoenicurus (Pennant, 1769)

The White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus) is a waterbird of the rail and crake family Rallidae that is widely distributed across Southeast Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. They are dark slaty birds with a clean white face, breast and belly. They are somewhat bolder than most other rails and are often seen stepping slowly with their tail cocked upright in open marshes or even drains near busy roads. They are largely crepuscular in activity and during the breeding season, just after the first rains, make loud and repetitive croaking calls. Source: Wikipedia




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Order:
  Gruiformes
Family:
  Rallidae
Genus:
  Amaurornis

Scientific:
  Amaurornis phoenicurus

Citation:
  (Pennant, 1769)

Reference:
  Indn.Zool. p.10 pl.9

Protonym:
  Gallinula phoenicurus

Avibase ID:
  F53518E3D78616E7

Short link:
  https://avibase.ca/F53518E3

Taxonomic Serial Number:
TSN: 176385

Geographic range:

  • Amaurornis phoenicurus [phoenicurus or javanica]: S Asia, Malay Archipelago and Philippine Islands
  • Amaurornis phoenicurus insularis: Andaman and Nicobar islands
  • Amaurornis phoenicurus midnicobaricus: Central Nicobar Islands
  • Amaurornis phoenicurus leucomelana: Sulawesi, w Moluccas and Lesser Sundas
English:
White-breasted Waterhen
Czech:
chřástal běloprsý
German:
Weißbrust-Kielralle
Danish:
Hvidbrystet Rørhøne
Spanish:
Gallineta Pechiblanca
Finnish:
ojasuokana
French:
Râle à poitrine blanche
Italian:
Rallo acquaiolo pettobianco
Japanese:
shiroharakuina
Japanese:
シロハラクイナ
Dutch:
Witborstwaterhoen
Norwegian:
Hvitbrystrikse
Norwegian Nynorsk:
Kvitbrystrikse
Polish:
bagiewnik bialopiersny
Portuguese:
Galinha-d'água-de-peito-branco
Russian:
Белогрудый погоныш
Slovak:
chriašť bieloprsý
Swedish:
vattenhöna
Ukrainian:
Багновик білогрудий
Chinese:
白胸苦恶鸟


Authorities recognizing this taxonomic concept:

African Bird Club Checklist 2004:
White-breasted Waterhen ( Amaurornis phoenicurus)
African Bird Club Checklist August 2005:
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African Bird Club Checklist March 2007:
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African Bird Club Checklist January 2008:
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African Bird Club Checklist May 2009:
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African Bird Club Checklist March 2010:
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Avibase taxonomic concepts (current):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 01 (August 2013):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 02 (May 2014):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 03 (March 2015):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 04 (Aug 2016):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 05 (Jan 2017):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 06 (Feb 2018):
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Birdlife checklist version 00:
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Birdlife checklist version 01:
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Birdlife checklist version 02:
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Birdlife checklist version 03:
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Birdlife checklist version 04:
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Birdlife checklist version 05 (Jun 2012):
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Birdlife checklist version 05.1 (Oct 2012):
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Birdlife checklist version 06 (Nov 2013):
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Birdlife checklist version 06.1 (Feb 2014):
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Birdlife checklist version 07 (Jul 2014):
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Birdlife checklist version 08 (Oct 2015):
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Birdlife checklist version 09 (Dec 2016):
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Birdlife checklist version 09.1 (Jun 2017):
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HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v2 (Dec 2017):
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HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v3 (Nov 2018):
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Christidis and Boles (2008): Systematics and Taxonomy of Australian Birds:
White-breasted Waterhen ( Amaurornis phoenicurus)
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993, révision 2009):
Râle à poitrine blanche ( Amaurornis phoenicurus) [version 1]
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993):
Râle à poitrine blanche ( Amaurornis phoenicurus) [version 1]
Clements 1st edition:
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Clements 3rd edition:
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Clements 4th edition:
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Clements 5th edition (as published):
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Clements 5th edition (incl. 2000 revisions):
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Clements 5th edition (incl. 2001 revisions):
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Clements 5th edition (incl. 2002 revisions):
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Clements 5th edition (incl. 2003 revisions):
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Clements 5th edition (incl. 2004 revisions):
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Clements 5th edition (incl. 2005 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition:
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Clements 6th edition (incl. 2007 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (incl. 2008 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (incl. 2009 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.5 incl. 2010 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.6 incl. 2011 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.7 incl. 2012 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.8 incl. 2013 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.9 incl. 2014 revisions):
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Clements, version 2015:
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Clements, version 2016:
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Clements, version 2017:
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Clements, version 2018:
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eBird version 1.50:
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eBird version 1.52:
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eBird version 1.53:
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eBird version 1.54:
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eBird version 1.55:
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eBird version 2015:
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eBird version 2016:
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eBird version 2017:
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eBird version 2018:
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Howard and Moore 2nd edition:
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Howard and Moore 2nd edition (incl. ? suppl):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (as published):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 1.2):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 2.1):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 3.1):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 4):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 5):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 6):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 7):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 8):
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Howard and Moore 4th edition (vol. 1-2):
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Howard and Moore 4th edition (incl. corrigenda vol.1-2):
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Handbook of the Birds of the World (vol 1-16):
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Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2017):
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Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (31/01/2015):
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Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (03/07/2017):
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Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2018):
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IOC World Bird Names, version 1.0:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 1.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 1.5:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.0:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.11:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.4:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.5:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 4.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 4.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 4.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 4.4:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 5.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 5.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 5.4:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 6.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 6.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 6.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 7.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 8.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 8.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 9.1:
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Morony, Bock and Farrand:
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Oriental Bird Club:
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James Lee Peters:
Amaurornis phoenicurus [version 1]
James Lee Peters (original):
Amaurornis phoenicurus [version 1]
James Lee Peters (2nd edition):
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Sibley and Monroe (1993):
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Sibley and Monroe (1993, including corrections up to 1998):
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Sibley and Monroe 2nd edition (1996):
White-breasted Waterhen ( Amaurornis phoenicurus) [version 1]
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
Amaurornis phoenicurus [version 1]
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
Amaurornis phoenicurus [version 1]

Taxonomic status:

Species status: full species (sometimes nominal subspecies)

This taxon is considered a subspecies of Amaurornis [phoenicurus or olivacea] (sensu lato) by some authors

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Other synonyms


Bengali: ধলাবুক ডাহুক
Catalan: Polla pitblanca
Cebuano: korowakwak
Czech: chřástal běloprsý, Slípka beloprsá
Danish: Hvidbrystet Rørhøne
German: Weissbrustkielralle, Weißbrust-Kielralle
English: White breasted swamphen, White-breasted Bush-hen, White-breasted Swamphen, White-breasted Water Hen, White-breasted Waterhen, White-brested waterhen
English (IOC): White-breasted Waterhen
Spanish: Gallineta de Pecho Blanco, Gallineta Pechiblanca
Spanish (Spain): Gallineta Pechiblanca
Spanish (HBW): White-breasted Waterhen
Estonian: valgerind-huik
Persian: طاووسک سینه‌سفید
Finnish: Ojasuokana
French: Marouette à poitrine blanche, Râle à poitrine blanche
Hindi: Kanan kozhi
Hungarian: fehérmellű lápityúk
Indonesian: Burung Kareo, Burung Kareo Padi, Kareo, Kareo padi, Totokeo
Italian: Gallinella d'acqua pettobianco, Rallo acquaiolo pettobianco
Japanese: shiro-hara kuina, shiroharakuina, Shirohara-kuina
Japanese: シロハラクィナ, シロハラクイナ
Japanese (Kanji): 白腹水鶏, 白腹秧鶏
Korean: 흰배뜸부기
Korean (Transliteration): huin-bae-tteumbugi
Scientific: Amaurornis phoenicurus, Amaurornis phoenicurus chinensis, Amaurornis phoenicurus phoenicurus, Gallinula phoenicurus
Lithuanian: Baltakrūtė žaliasnapė vištelė, baltakrūtis amaurornis, Dūminė vištelė
Latvian: baltkrūšu ormanītis
Malayalam: കുളക്കോഴി, കുളക്കോഴി  
Mongolian: Цагааномруут түнжүүхэй
Mongolian (Bichig): ᠴᠠᠭᠠᠨ ᠣᠮᠣᠷᠣᠣᠲᠣ ᠲᠦᠨᠵᠦᠭᠡᠬᠡᠢ
Mongolian (Bichig, Inner Mongolia): ᠱᠠᠯᠪᠠ ᠬᠠᠨᠴᠢᠷ
Mongolian (Cyrillic, Inner Mongolia): Тарач, Шалбаа ханчир
Mongolian (Transliteration): shalbaa khanchir, tarach, tsag aaŋ-omruut tüŋjüükhei
Mamasa: kurodo
Malay: Ayam-ayam, Burung Kuar(an), Burung Ruah-ruah, Burung Ruak-ruak, Burung Uwak-uwak, Ruak-Ruak
Dutch: Witborstwaterhoen
Norwegian Nynorsk: Kvitbrystrikse
Norwegian: Hvitbrystrikse
Polish: bagiewnik bialopiersny, Bagiewnik białopierśny
Pinyin: bái-fù yāng-jī, bái-liǎn yāng-jī, bái-miàn-jī, bái-xiōng hēi shuǐ-jī, bái-xiōng kǔ-è-niǎo, bái-xiōng yāng-jī, bái-xiōng yāng-niǎo, gū-è-jī, kǔ-è-niǎo
Portuguese: Galinha-d'água-de-peito-branco
Portuguese (Portugal): Franga-d'água-de-peito-branco
Russian: Белогрудая зеленоклювая камышница, белогрудый малый пастушок, Белогрудый погоныш, Погоныш белогрудый
Sindhi: ٥بيي ټٕ وٓ يٍ ٴٕى ي
Slovak: chriašť bieloprsý, chriašteľ bielotvárový, kohútec bieloprsý
Swedish: Vattenhöna
Tamil: Kambul Kozhi
Thai: นกกวัก
Thai (Transliteration): nók kwàk
Turkish: Ak Göğüslü Sutavuğu, ak suratlı suyelvesi, Ak-suratlı Suyelvesi
Ukrainian: Багновик білогрудий
Vietnamese: Chim Cuốc ngực trắng, Cuốc ngực trắng
Chinese: 姑恶鸡, 白胸秧鸟, 白胸秧鸡, 白胸苦恶鸟, 白胸苦恶鸡, 白胸苦惡鳥, 白胸黑水鸡, 白脸秧鸡, 白腹秧雞 , 白面鸡, 苦恶鸟
Chinese (Traditional): 姑惡雞, 白胸秧雞, 白胸秧鳥, 白胸苦惡鳥, 白胸黑水雞, 白腹秧雞, 白腹秧雞〔白胸苦惡鳥〕, 白臉秧雞, 白面雞, 苦惡鳥
Chinese (Taiwan, Traditional): 白腹秧雞
Chinese (Taiwan): 白腹秧鸡

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