French: Râle à poitrine grise German: Krickralle Spanish: Rascón pectoral
New South Wales, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
L. p. exsul
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1898) – Flores (Lesser Sundas).
L. p. mayri
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1930) – Arfak Mts, and Weyland Mts (Wissel Lakes), in W New Guinea.
L. p. capta
(Mayr & Gilliard, 1951) – mountains of C New Guinea.
L. p. insulsa
(Greenway, 1935) – Herzog Mts, in E New Guinea.
L. p. alberti
(Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1907) – mountains of SE New Guinea.
L. p. clelandi
(Mathews, 1911) – SW Australia.
L. p. pectoralis
(Temminck, 1831) – E & SE Australia.
L. p. brachipus
(Swainson, 1838) – Tasmania.
18–27cm; male 65–112 (88) g, female 63–111 (82) g, juvenile 42–78 (66) g; wingspan 31–35 cm. Female slightly smaller and has duller rufous head... read more
Commonest calls an accelerating series of loud notes likened to two coins being tapped together,... read more
In Australia most often occurs at freshwater to saline wetlands, either permanent or ephemeral and... read more
Food and feeding
Largely earthworms, molluscs and arthropods, especially insects and crustaceans; occasionally frogs and eggs of birds; takes some vegetable... read more
Season in Australia usually Aug–Jan; in New Guinea breeds Sept–Mar, and possibly also Jun–Aug, during both rainy and dry... read more
Virtually unknown, as sightings rare and observation difficult; seldom seen to fly. In Australia... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Race exsul known only from a few specimens from S & W Flores and last recorded in 1959. Race clelandi of SW... read more
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