French: Râle de forêt German: Hinduralle Spanish: Polluela de jungla
no locality = probably Philippines
Subspecies and Distribution
R. e. amauroptera
(Jerdon, 1864) – Himalayan foothills (E from Uttarakhand) and SW India; winters in Sri Lanka and possibly Sumatra.
R. e. telmatophila
A. O. Hume, 1878 – Myanmar and Thailand E to C Vietnam and S China (Yunnan and Guangxi); winters in S Thailand and Sumatra, reaching W Java.
R. e. sepiaria
(Stejneger, 1887) – Ryukyu Is.
R. e. formosana
Seebohm, 1894 – Taiwan and Lanyu I.
R. e. alvarezi
Kennedy & Ross, 1987 – Batan Is (extreme N Philippines).
R. e. eurizonoides
(Lafresnaye, 1845) – Philippines (except Batan Is) and Palau Is.
R. e. minahasa
Wallace, 1863 – Sulawesi and Sula Is.
21–28 cm; 118–128 g (two males), 99–180 g (three females), 110–112 g (two unsexed adults); wingspan 47·5 cm. Sexes alike. Distinguished from... read more
Repeated “kek-kek” or nasal “ow-ow”, often given persistently during night... read more
Inhabits forests, well-wooded areas and dense scrub, including forest edges, forest floor inside... read more
Food and feeding
Takes worms, molluscs, insects, and shoots and seeds of marsh plants. Said to be partly nocturnal.
India, Jun–Sept (during SW monsoon); Ryukyu Is, Apr–Jul; Sulawesi, Apr; no date in Palau; juvenile Luzon, Nov. Nests in densest... read more
Resident and migrant in India, moving at beginning and end of SW monsoon; birds arrive on W coast... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Apparently races amauroptera, alvarezi and telmatophila are not uncommon over much of their ranges, but... read more
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