Crake, Spotless

Spotless crake (Porzana tabuensis plumbea). Smallish bird. Back is a dull chocolate colour - almost black unless seen in strong light. Head and underparts leaden grey; chin paler; undertail coverts lightly barred with white. Outer web and edge of first primary may be whitish. Underwing mottled ashy brown and white. Brown iris. Mounted on a piece of rough wood. Standing with wings closed and head extended skywards. In fair condition.
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It is a bird from freshwater wetlands in the North Island. Habitat destruction of wetlands is thought to have a impact on the populations. It is listed as relict meaning that it occupies less than 10% of its original range.
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