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Slaty-legged Crake

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Subspecies amauropteraPhoto © by drjpmenonWestern Ghats, South India, December 2016
Subspecies amauroptera
Photo © by drjpmenon
Western Ghats, South India, December 2016
Rallina eurizonoides


[edit] Identification

Subspecies formosanaPhoto © by Dave 2xDaxi, Taiwan, November 2014
Subspecies formosana
Photo © by Dave 2x
Daxi, Taiwan, November 2014

21–25 cm (8¼-9¾ in); a flat-bodied crake

  • Brown back
  • Chestnut head and breast
  • Black and white barring on flanks, belly and undertail.
  • White throat
  • Yellowish bill
  • Green legs with long toes
  • Short tail

Sexes are similar
Juveniles: dark brown. They share the belly barring and white throat with the adults

[edit] Distribution

Asia: found from India and Pakistan to Japan; the Philippines, the Sulawesi Islands, the Sula Islands, and western Micronesia.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Photo © by Don GatoBan Maka Resort, Petchburi, Thailand, January 2009
Photo © by Don Gato
Ban Maka Resort, Petchburi, Thailand, January 2009

There are 7 subspecies[1]:

  • R. e. amauroptera:
  • R. e. telmatophila:
  • R. e. sepiaria:
  • Ryukyu Islands
  • R. e. formosana:
  • R. e. eurizonoides;
  • R. e. alvarezi:
  • Batan Islands (northern Philippines)
  • R. e. minahasa:

[edit] Habitat

Forests and forest edges, well-wooded areas and scrub, swamps.

[edit] Behaviour

They are thought to be a partial nocturnal species.

[edit] Breeding

Nests are built in a dry area of dense vegetation on the ground or in a low bush. The clutch consists of 4-8 eggs.

[edit] Diet

They have a varied diet which consists of molluscs, worms and insects; also plant material such as the shoots and seeds of marsh plants.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2014)
  3. Wikipedia

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