Family Rails, Gallinules, Coots (Rallidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut Forest-rail (Rallicula rubra)


Taxonomy

French: Râle marron German: Kastanienralle Spanish: Polluela castaña
Taxonomy:

Rallicula rubra

Schlegel

, 1871,

northern peninsula of New Guinea

.

Possible race subrubra (from L Habbema region of Snow Mts) merged with klossi because of overlapping measurements and lack of significant colour differences. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • R. r. rubra Schlegel, 1871 – Arfak Mts, in NW New Guinea (Vogelkop).
  • R. r. klossi Ogilvie-Grant, 1913 – WC New Guinea from Weyland Mts to Oranje Mts.
  • R. r. telefolminensis Gilliard, 1961 – C New Guinea in Victor Emanuel Mts and Hindenburg Mts and Tari Gap.
  • Descriptive notes

    18–23 cm; 3 male klossi 84–91 (87·7) g, 2 male telefolminensis 71 and 76 g. Smallest Rallina. Reddish chestnut plumage of male... read more

    Voice

    Shrill, sharp “krill” or “keow”, often repeated many times; sometimes more... read more

    Habitat

    Inhabits floor of montane forest interior, at 1500–3050 m. At Tari Gap found in mossy mixed... read more

    Food and feeding

    No information available.

    Breeding

    Lays Oct–Nov, and either Aug or Sept, i.e. at end of period of highest rainfall. Apparently monogamous. Two adult males responded to... read more

    Movements

    None recorded.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread in Irian Jaya, where races rubra and klossi apparently abundant; race telefolminensis... read more

    Recommended citation

    Taylor, B. (2019). Chestnut Forest-rail (Rallicula rubra). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/53586 on 15 December 2019).