Red-legged Crake

Rallina fasciata

Order

GRUIFORMES

Family

Rails, Gallinules and Coots (Rallidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

RALFAS

ITIS

Egg Color:

Gray-white



Number of Eggs:

4



Incubation Days:

20



Egg Incubator:

Both sexes



Nest Location:

Nest is built about one meter above the ground in second growth.



Nest Material:

Grass



Migration:

Migratory



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General

Red-legged Crake: Small to medium rail with red-brown head and breast, red eyering, brown back and wings with some black and white marks. White belly and vent with black barring. Short to medium-length, gray-black bill with blue-gray base and red on gape. Short, broad wings. Very short, brown tail. Fairly long, red legs. Feeds on earthworms and other small invertebrates. Forages by picking prey off of the wet ground.

Breeding and Nesting

Red-legged Crake: Although very little is known about the nesting behavior of this species, it is probably similar to other rails. The related Slaty-legged Crake lays three to four, gray-white eggs in a shallow cup nest made of grass. The nest is built about a meter above the ground in second growth. Both sexes incubate for around 20 days.

Foraging and Feeding

Red-legged Crake: Feeds on earthworms and other small invertebrates. This rail forages by carefully walking through wet areas of second growth and forest, and picking up food items with its bill from the wet ground and leaf litter.

Vocalization

Red-legged Crake: Species emits a loud "gogogogok" advertising call. Nasal "pek" calls are given in breeding season. Also produces a descending trill.

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Birds do not have two separate cavities for excrement and reproduction like humans do. In birds, there is one single entrance/exit that suits both functions called the vent, cloaca or anus.
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