Family Rails, Gallinules, Coots (Rallidae)

Near Threatened

White-striped Forest-rail (Rallicula leucospila)


French: Râle vergeté German: Strichelralle Spanish: Polluela listada

Corethrura? leucospila


, 1876,

Arfak Mountains, New Guinea


Closely related to R. forbesi and R. mayri. Monotypic.


Mountain ranges of Tamrau, Arfak, Wandammen and Kumawa, in W New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

20–23cm; 2 males 114, 125 g. Fine white streaks on black upperparts easily separate male from the other Rallina species of New Guinea. Female spotted rather... read more


In Vogelkop, gives chuckling notes “ko..ko..ko”; contact call a low mewing note. Three... read more


Floor of montane forest interior at 1000–1850 m.

Food and feeding

No information available.


Nothing known. Pairs roost in roofed shelters of dried leaves and moss, so breeding nest may also be domed structure, as in R. rubra... read more


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened, and previously, Data Deficient. Although found in three mountain ranges of Vogelkop, and Kumawa Mts, does not... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). White-striped Forest-rail (Rallicula leucospila). 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 7 April 2020).