The White-Breasted Water held is a bold bird that can be often seen foraging openly in a wide range of habitats such as wetlands, mangroves and even in urban areas such as roadsides.(1) It is considered as both a common resident and a migrant in Singapore and is also found in many different countries.(1) It has a loud, distinctive call that can often be heard in the evenings.(2) According to IUCN Red List, this species is catagorized as Least Concern (LC).(3)
The name comes from the Greek amauros, meaning "dusky" or "brown" and ornis, meaning "bird".
Taxonomy and Systematics
1. Singapore Birds Project, n.d. White-breasted Waterhen. Available at: https://singaporebirds.com/species/white-breasted-waterhen/ Accessed on 11 November 2018
2. Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, 2018. Amaurornis phoenicurus (Pennant, 1769). Available at:http://lkcnhm.nus.edu.sg/dna/organisms/details/474 Accessed on 11 November 2018.
3. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (2018). White-breasted Waterhen. Available at: https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22692640/95217833#geographic-range Accessed 11 November 2018.
4. Jobling, J. (2010). Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: A & C Black, p.43.