Scientific Name: Rallina eurizonoides
Malay Name: Sintar-Merah Kaki Kelabu
Chinese Name: 白喉斑秧鸡
Found from Pakistan, India, Southern China to Japan and also in the Philippines. Some populations winter to mainland Southeast Asia, Sumatra and Java.
Polytypic. Subspecies are: amauroptera, telmatophila, sepiaria, alvarezi, formosana, eurizonoides, minahasa
Local Subspecies: telmatophila
Size: 26-28 cm
Identification: Resembles Red-legged Crake but is larger and considerably larger-billed, has duller brown upperparts (except head and neck), more rufous-chestnut head, neck and breast, whitish throat that contrasts sharply with head-sides and dark slaty-grey legs. Juvenile resembles adult but has paler brown upperparts, head, neck and breast.
Similar looking species: Red-legged Crake
Habitat: Streams and wet areas in forest and also freshwater wetlands and gardens on passage.
Behaviour/Ecology: Often calls at night.
Local Status: Very rare migrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Location: Recent sightings were at Lower Pierce Reservoir (Feb 2009), Admiralty Park (Nov 2010), Bedok North Ave 1 (Dec 2012), Jurong Lake (Mar 2014) and Jurong Island (Nov 2015).
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia