Isabelline bush-hen

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Isabelline bush-hen
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Gruiformes
Family: Rallidae
Genus: Amaurornis
A. isabellina
Binomial name
Amaurornis isabellina
(Schlegel, 1865)

Amaurornis isabellinus

The isabelline bush-hen (Amaurornis isabellina) also known as Sulawesi waterhen or isabelline waterhen is a large, up to 40 cm long, rufous and brown rail. The term isabelline refers to the colouration. It is the largest member of the genus Amaurornis. Both sexes are similar with olive brown plumage, pale green bill, greenish brown legs and rufous below.

An Indonesian endemic, the isabelline waterhen is confined to grasslands near waters and lowlands of Sulawesi. The call is a loud "tak-tak-tak-tak".

Widespread throughout its natural habitat, the isabelline waterhen is evaluated as least concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Amaurornis isabellina". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.

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