Story: Wetland birds

Marsh crake

Marsh crake

The marsh crake or koitareke is even smaller than the spotless crake, and so secretive it is rarely seen. The New Zealand subspecies is endemic, but little is known of its habits. It calls at dusk and into the night – one call is a harsh trilling sound.

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Christina Troup, 'Wetland birds - Rails and crakes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 June 2024)

Story by Christina Troup, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015