Baillon’s Crake
Baillon’s Crake (Juvenile)
Scientific Name 
Porzana pusilla
Arabic Name 
المرعة الصغيرة
Kuwaiti name 
دجاجة عدي
37.0 cm
19.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Scarce passage migrant. Like its relative the Little Crake, it usually maintains a very secretive existence. When water levels are low, sometimes these toy-like birds may come out of the reeds to forage, often being extremely tame.
Where in Kuwait 
A ground dwelling water-bird, found predominantly in reed habitat around brackish pools in the Jahra area. A versatile omnivore it forages alone or in small flocks of up to ten birds on mud and in shallow water for a variety of insects, worms, small fish, plant material and seeds.
In the world 
This species has a huge range across much of southern and eastern Europe, north, east and southern Africa, Asia and Australasia. Populations in southern Africa and Australasia are mostly sedentary all year round, but elsewhere populations are largely migratory and breed at northern latitudes during the summer before travelling southwards ahead of the onset of winter.
Local threats 
Wetland degradation and habitat loss