Slaty-breasted Rail

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.


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.