Scientific Name: Rallina fasciata
Malay Name: Sintar-Merah Kaki Api
Chinese Name: 红腿斑秧鸡
Range: Found from Northeast India to Southeast Asia with northern populations wintering to the south.
Size: 22-25 cm
Identification: Adult has chestnut-tinged brown upperparts, mostly dull chestnut head and breast, black-and-whitish bars on wing-coverts, distinctive bold black-and-whitish bars on lower breast to vent and red legs and feet. Juvenile resembles adult but has paler brown upperparts, head, neck and breast, underparts bars duller and much less distinct and brownish-yellow legs.
Habitat: Streams and wet areas in forest, secondary growth, gardens and parks.
Behaviour/Ecology: Forages by carefully walking through wet areas of secondary growth and forest, and picking up food items with its bill from the wet ground and leaf litter.
Local Status: Common resident and migrant (?)
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Location: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Bukit Batok Nature Park, Central Catchment Forest, Lorong Halus, Sungei Buloh and Gardens by the Bay.
- Local extinctions of Singapore birds (Science)
Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):
Red-legged Crake Rallina fasciata Estimated average number of individuals by week based on eBird data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023
BirdLife International. (2016). Rallina fasciata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22692314A93347601.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Red-legged Crake. Retrieved on November 27, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/red-legged-crake.