Observations, notes, photos

One more photo of the same 2011 Corncrake

We saw this Corncrake on Qaru Island the 27th June 2011. Obviously traveling across the continents is not an easy task if you have to rely on your own wings!

One more photo of the same Corncrake

Scientific Name 
Crex crex
Arabic Name 
مرعة البر
Kuwaiti name 
53.0 cm
30.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Uncommon passage migrant and rare winter visitor. The only Crake in our region that does not normally require wetlands on passage. Often it is flushed from cover and in flight one may notice its long dangling legs.
Where in Kuwait 
It is widespread but secretive and uncommon in Kuwait and is rarely seen.
In the world 
It breeds in Europe and central Asia, as far east as western China, and is considered a long-distant migrant that winters in sub-Saharan Africa.
Local threats 
Indiscriminate shooting and loss of suitable habitat.