Family Rails, Gallinules, Coots (Rallidae)

Near Threatened

White-striped Forest-rail (Rallicula leucospila)


Taxonomy

French: Râle vergeté German: Strichelralle Spanish: Polluela listada
Taxonomy:

Corethrura? leucospila

Salvadori

, 1876,

Arfak Mountains, New Guinea

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Closely related to R. forbesi and R. mayri. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Mountain ranges of Tamrau, Arfak, Wandammen and Kumawa, in W New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

20–23cm; 2 males 114, 125 g. Fine white streaks on black upperparts easily separate male from the other Rallina species of New Guinea. Female spotted rather... read more

Voice

In Vogelkop, gives chuckling notes “ko..ko..ko”; contact call a low mewing note. Three... read more

Habitat

Floor of montane forest interior at 1000–1850 m.

Food and feeding

No information available.

Breeding

Nothing known. Pairs roost in roofed shelters of dried leaves and moss, so breeding nest may also be domed structure, as in R. rubra... read more

Movements

None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened, and previously, Data Deficient. Although found in three mountain ranges of Vogelkop, and Kumawa Mts, does not... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. & Sharpe, C.J. (2017). White-striped Forest-rail (Rallicula leucospila). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/53587 on 18 October 2017).