Slaty-legged Crake

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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

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 (BirdLife International 2020)

Featured reports: Dec 2022

Past accepted records in our database:

Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

BirdLife International. (2020). Rallina eurizonoides. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.