Family Rails, Gallinules, Coots (Rallidae)

Least Concern

Red-legged Crake (Rallina fasciata)


French: Râle barré German: Malaienralle Spanish: Polluela patirroja

Rallus fasciatus


, 1822,

Bengkulu, west Sumatra




Lowlands from S Myanmar E to Philippines and S to Greater Sundas; spottily elsewhere through Lesser Sundas and Moluccas, and recently found breeding in W Timor#R.

Descriptive notes

23–25 cm; 68·8–108 g. Sexes similar; female somewhat more cinnamon on head and neck, with narrower black bars on belly and flanks. Easily distinguished... read more


Advertising call described as loud “gogogogok” given at night, and during day in rainy weather;... read more


Reedy swamps and marshes, rice paddies and taro fields, rivers, watercourses, riparian thickets and... read more

Food and feeding

No information.


Myanmar, Aug–Sept; Thailand, Aug; Borneo, Apr; Java, Mar; Sumatra, Jan; no date given for Flores. Nest undescribed. Eggs 3–6;... read more


Movements not properly understood, but species is both resident and migratory in normal range; also... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Status uncertain, as birds difficult to observe or flush; widely distributed but apparently not particularly common anywhere.... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. (2020). Red-legged Crake (Rallina fasciata). 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 on 21 February 2020).