Scientific Name: Lewinia striata
Malay Name: Sintar Biasa
Chinese Name: 灰胸秧鸡
Range: Found from the Indian subcontinent to Southern China and Southeast Asia
Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: albiventer, obscurior, jouyi, taiwana, gularis, striata.
Local Subspecies: gularis
Size: 26-31 cm
Identification: 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: Uncommon 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.
- Bird List Revision for August 2020 (Revisions)
- Local extinctions of Singapore birds (Science)
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Slaty-breasted Rail)
BirdLife International. (2016). Lewinia striata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22692463A93354724.en. 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.
Singapore Birds Project. (n.d.). Slaty-breasted Rail. Retrieved on May 31, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/slaty-breasted-rail.