Slaty-breasted Rail

Scientific Name: Lewinia striata
Malay Name: Sintar Biasa
Chinese Name: 灰胸秧鸡

Found from the Indian subcontinent to Southern China and Southeast Asia

Polytypic. Subspecies are: albiventer, obscurior, jouyi, taiwana, gularis, striata.

Local Subspecies: gularis

Size: 26-31 cm

Adult has long reddish bill, chestnut crown and nape, slaty-grey breast and fine white barrings on dark upperparts, belly and vent. Juvenile resembles adult but has browner breast, duller crown and nape and less distinct barrings.

Habitat: Freshwater wetlands

Behaviour/Ecology: Skulks in thick vegetation, appearing briefly at the edge of reedbeds and grassy verges of road.

Local Status: Common resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Lorong Halus, Tampines Eco Green, Bishan Park, Kranji Marsh, Chinese Garden, Admiralty Park and Choa Chu Kang Park.

Featured articles:

BirdLife International. (2016). Lewinia striata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.