French: Râle strié German: Graubrustralle Spanish: Rascón rufigrís
Subspecies and Distribution
L. s. albiventer
(Swainson, 1838) – India and Sri Lanka to SC China (Yunnan) and Thailand; some may winter in S Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia.
L. s. obscurior
(A. O. Hume, 1874) – Andaman Is.
L. s. nicobariensis
(Abdulali, 1966) – Nicobar Is.
L. s. jouyi
(Stejneger, 1887) – SE China and Hainan.
L. s. taiwana
(Yamashina, 1932) – Taiwan.
L. s. gularis
(Horsfield, 1821) – Vietnam, Laos#R and Cambodia through Peninsular Malaysia to Sumatra (with Simeulue), Java and S Borneo.
L. s. striata
(Linnaeus, 1766) – Philippines, Sulu Is, N Borneo; also Sulawesi, where perhaps not resident.
L. s. paraterma
(Oberholser, 1924) – Samar I, in EC Philippines.
25–30 cm; adult 100–142 g. Flight often described as weak. Distinctive medium-sized rail, easily distinguished from sympatric rallids by combination of chestnut... read more
Said to call infrequently. Has sharp whistle, repeated sharp “kerrek”, and noisy “ka-ka-ka”. Race... read more
Wetlands of many types, including marshy meadows, reedmarsh, paddyfields, and mangroves. Also... read more
Food and feeding
Worms, molluscs, crustaceans, insects (including ants) and their larvae, spiders, and the seeds and shoots of marsh plants. Takes much food... read more
India and Sri Lanka, Jun–Oct; Sumatra, Jun, Dec; Java, Jan–Jul and Sept–Nov, but most in Mar–May; Philippines, Aug... read more
Normally regarded as resident and no regular movements recorded, but it is speculated that some... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Little recent information available: striata apparently uncommon, but very secretive, in Philippines. Formerly, ... read more
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