Red-legged Crake

Rallina fasciata

Order

GRUIFORMES

Family

Rails, Gallinules and Coots (Rallidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

RALFAS

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Red-legged Crake has a large range of 2,040,000 square kilometers. This crake species inhabits wetlands in Myanmar, southern Thailand, parts of southern Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, and much of Indonesia. It also occurs as a rare vagrant to Palau. Although the global population of the Red-legged Crake is unknown, it is believed to be large and stable enough to warrant a conservation rating of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Red-legged Crake: Small to medium rail, red-brown head and breast, red eyering, brown back and wings, 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. Long red legs. Female like male but more narrow barring. Juvenile like adult but gray-brown.

 

Range and Habitat

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Red-legged Crake SONGS AND CALLS

Red-legged Crake H1

Advertising call is a loud "gogogogogok".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"gogogogok", "pek"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Members of this family tend to colonise tropical islands and then evolve flightlessness, marooning future generations of the species.
  • Other common names for this species include Red-legged Chestnut-Rail, Malay Crake, or Malay Rail.
  • The Red-legged Crake was first described in Sumatra in 1822 by British statesman Sir T. S. Raffles, founder of Singapore and the London Zoo.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Chris Vest

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