The spotless crake or pūweto is a small rail. Its bill is proportionally shorter than that of a banded rail or a weka. Its uniform slate-blue underside and chestnut-brown topside earned it the name ‘spotless’, in contrast to the spotted crake of Europe and western Asia. Fast runners, spotless crakes are rarely seen in flight – yet are apparently able to disperse long distances to colonise new marshes.
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