French: Râle tiklin German: Bindenralle Spanish: Rascón filipino
Subspecies and Distribution
H. p. andrewsi
(Mathews, 1911) – Cocos (Keeling) Is.
H. p. philippensis
(Linnaeus, 1766) – Philippines; Sulawesi E to Buru; and Sumba (race uncertain), Alor, Sawu, Roti and Timor; recorded recently (perhaps this race) in Borneo (W Sabah, West Kalimantan)#R#R.
H. p. pelewensis
(Mayr, 1933) – Palau Is.
H. p. xerophila
(van Bemmel & Hoogerwerf, 1940) – Gunungapi (NC Lesser Sundas).
H. p. wilkinsoni
(Mathews, 1911) – Flores.
H. p. lacustris
(Mayr, 1938) – N New Guinea.
H. p. randi
(Mayr & Gilliard, 1951) – Snow Mts, in WC New Guinea.
H. p. reducta
(Mayr, 1938) – C highlands and NE coastal New Guinea, including Long I.
H. p. anachoretae
(Mayr, 1949) – NW Bismarck Archipelago, in Pelleluhu Atoll (Ninigo Is), Kaniet (Anchorite) Is and Hermit Is.
H. p. admiralitatis
Stresemann, 1929 – Admiralty Is.
H. p. praedo
(Mayr, 1949) – Skoki I, off SW Manus (Admiralty Is).
H. p. lesouefi
(Mathews, 1911) – New Hanover, Tabar Is and Tanga Is, and possibly New Ireland (Bismarck Archipelago).
H. p. meyeri
E. J. O. Hartert, 1930 – New Britain and Witu Is (Bismarck Archipelago).
H. p. christophori
(Mayr, 1938) – Solomon Is.
H. p. mellori
(Mathews, 1912) – Moluccas, S & SW New Guinea, Australia and Norfolk I.
H. p. assimilis
(G. R. Gray, 1843) – New Zealand (including Stewart I).
H. p. macquariensis
(F. W. Hutton, 1879) – Macquarie I (recently extinct).
H. p. tounelieri
(Schodde & de Naurois, 1982) – Coral Sea islets, from SE New Guinea archipelagos and Great Barrier Reef E to Surprise Group (off N New Caledonia).
H. p. swindellsi
(Mathews, 1911) – New Caledonia and Loyalty Is.
H. p. sethsmithi
(Mathews, 1911) – Vanuatu and Fiji.
H. p. ecaudata
(J. F. Miller, 1783) – Tonga.
H. p. goodsoni
(Mathews, 1911) – Samoa and Niue I.
25–33 cm; male 126–234 (mean 185) g, female 115–265 (172) g, unsexed 130–303 (189) g; wingspan 40–52 cm. Tail relatively long; distinguished... read more
Repeated, squeaky, harsh “kreek” note, mostly heard in morning and evening, especially in breeding... read more
Many types of wetland, including marshes, swamps, lakes, pans, rivers, streams, temporary... read more
Food and feeding
Worms, molluscs, crustaceans (including crabs), insects, spiders, small fish, frogs and tadpoles, eggs of birds and turtles, young of Sooty... read more
Cocos (Keeling), Jan, May, Jun; Philippines, May, Nov; Lesser Sundas, Apr, Aug, but all year on Flores; Moluccas, Jul/Aug; New Guinea,... read more
Regarded as sedentary throughout much of range but is widely dispersive and possibly also migratory... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Race andrewsi of Cocos (Keeling) Is regarded as Endangered, and became confined to North Keeling I, with total population of... read more
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