Spotted Crake (and immature Moorhen, right)
Spotted Crake (Breeding plumage)
Spotted Crake (Immature winter)
Scientific Name 
Porzana porzana
Arabic Name 
المرعة الرقطاء
Kuwaiti name 
دجاجة عدي
42.0 cm
24.0 cm
Least Concern


Uncommon passage migrant and locally breeding resident; rare winter visitor. Usually a very secretive marsh bird which also seems to be regularly breeding in Kuwait’s few local reed swamps.
Where in Kuwait 
Much the same as the other Crakes found in Kuwait; reed cover around brackish pools in the Jahra area.
In the world 
It has an extremely large range with a stable population that is fully migratory.The species inhabits similar habitats in both its breeding and winter ranges. An omnivorous species that feeds during the day with a diet that consists of aquatic invertebrates, small fish, algae and various grasses.
Local threats 
Wetland degradation, habitat loss and is vulnerable to changes in water levels.