Water Rail
Water Rail
Water Rail
Water Rail
Scientific Name 
Rallus aquaticus
Arabic Name 
مرعة الماء
Kuwaiti name 
دجاجة عدي
45.0 cm
28.0 cm
Least Concern


Uncommon passage migrant, winter visitor, and resident. Has bred in semi-artificial reed beds at several sites in Kuwait. This cryptic bird has a unique shrill song.
Where in Kuwait 
A skulking species found predominantly in pools with dense reed bed in the Jahra area.
In the world 
It has an extremely large range and Western and southern populations of this skulking species are mainly sedentary, whereas others are fully migratory, moving overland on a broad front between breeding and wintering grounds.
Local threats 
Habitat destruction, degradation and flooding.