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Slaty-legged crake

In Thai: นกอัญชันป่าขาเทา, nok an-chan pa kaa thao

Binomial name: Rallina eurizonoides, Nöel Frédéric Armand André de Lafresnaye, 1845

The slaty-legged crake or banded crake (Rallina eurizonoides) is a waterbird in the rail and crake family Rallidae.

Distribution and habitat

Its breeding habitat is swamps and similar wet areas in well-wooded country across south Asia east from India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka to the Philippines and Indonesia. The rails are mainly permanent residents throughout their range, but some northern populations migrate further south in winter.

Description

The slaty-legged crake is about 25 cm long. Its body is flattened laterally to allow easier passage through the undergrowth. It has long toes and a short tail. Colouring includes a brown back, chestnut head and breast, and strong black-and-white barring on the flanks, belly and undertail. The throat is white, the bill is yellowish, and the legs are green. Sexes are similar; juveniles are dark brown above and below, although they have the belly barring and white throat.

Behaviour

Slaty-legged crakes are territorial, but are quite secretive, hiding in bushes when disturbed. They probe with their bill in mud or shallow water, also picking up food by sight. They forage for berries and insects on the ground, or clambering through bushes and undergrowth. They nest in a dry location on the ground or low bush, laying 4-8 eggs.

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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Gruiformes
Family
Rallidae
Genus
Rallina
Species
Rallina eurizonoides

Common names

  • Thai: นกอัญชันป่าขาเทา, nok an-chan pa kaa thao

Synonyms

  • Rallina minahasa
  • Rallina euryzonoides

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Range Map

Distribution map of Slaty-legged crake, Rallina eurizonoides in Thailand
Range map of Rallina eurizonoides in Thailand