Scientific Name: Rallina eurizonoides
Malay Name: Sintar-Merah Kaki Kelabu
Chinese Name: 白喉斑秧鸡
Range: Found from Pakistan, India, Southern China to Japan and also in the Philippines. Some populations winter to mainland Southeast Asia, Sumatra and Java.
Taxonomy: 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 (BirdLife International 2020)
Featured reports: Dec 2022
Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):
Slaty-legged Crake Rallina eurizonoides Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
BirdLife International. (2020). Rallina eurizonoides. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2020-3.RLTS.T22692317A181757127.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Slaty-legged Crake. Retrieved on November 21, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/slaty-legged-crake.