Spotless CrakeScientific name: Zapornia tabuensis

Meaning of name: The meaning of Zapornia is not known. Tabuensis means relating to Tonga.

Aboriginal name: Warradja (wor’ra’cha).

Distribution: Found in coastal areas of the south-west and south-east of Australia. Scattered populations elsewhere.

Description: Up to 20cm long with 29cm wingspan.

Notes: The furthest distance recorded by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme for this species of bird to travel is 5km. The oldest bird recorded was still alive when its band was read in September 1992, 3 years 5.2 months after being banded (information as at 15 June 2012).

The photographs for this species were not taken in the reserves of interest to the FQPB.

References: What Bird is That? Neville W Cayley. 1978

Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Various contributors.

Aboriginal names of bird species in south-west Western Australia, with suggestions for their adoption into common usage. Ian Abbott. 2009. Conservation Science Western Australia Journal. Volume 7 No 2

Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme