Little Crake

Porzana parva

Armenian Name: Եվրոպական ճահճահովվիկ
Species Status: Undetermined Species - Species of Special Concern
Little Crake

See Plate 22 for Little Crake and other similar species

Resident Status: Breeding bird
Abundance: Rare
Length:18-20 cm, Wing Span:34-39 cm
Distribution Map: Map 100.
Description: Long primary extension.
Adult: Green bill with red base, greenish legs, red eye. Male: brown with few white spots above, gray-blue below, narrow white bars on rear flanks and undertail coverts. Female: pale brown below with white throat; brown and white bars on rear flanks and undertail coverts.
Juvenile: Like female but legs duller; flanks more mottled.
Similar Species: Differs from Baillon's and Spotted Crakes by fewer spots above, weakly-barred flanks, long primary extension.
Behavior: Secretive, comes out to edge of reeds.
Habitat: Ponds, marshes.
Food: Invertebrates.
Nest: Cup of plant stems in marsh.
Eggs: 30 mm, 7-9, buff, brown spots.