Family Rails, Gallinules, Coots (Rallidae)

Least Concern

Slaty-legged Crake (Rallina eurizonoides)


French: Râle de forêt German: Hinduralle Spanish: Polluela de jungla

Gallinula eurizonoïdes


, 1845,

no locality = probably Philippines


Seven subspecies recognized.

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.
  • Also, race undetermined (possibly telmatophila), on Hainan I, S China.

    Descriptive notes

    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

    Recommended citation

    Taylor, B. (2020). Slaty-legged Crake (Rallina eurizonoides). 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 9 April 2020).