Red-legged Crake

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.

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

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.

Similar looking species: Slaty-legged Crake, Ruddy-breasted Crake, Band-bellied Crake

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.

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Red-legged Crake Rallina fasciata
Estimated average number of individuals by week based on eBird data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023
Peak week Jan 01-Jan 07
Early date 01 Jul 2021
Late date 30 Jun 2019
This species has a breeding population in Singapore, but some migrants are likely to occur too.


BirdLife International. (2016). Rallina fasciata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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