Red-legged crake

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Red-legged crake
Red-Legged Crake.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Gruiformes
Family: Rallidae
Genus: Rallina
Species: R. fasciata
Binomial name
Rallina fasciata
(Raffles, 1822)

The red-legged crake (Rallina fasciata) is a waterbird in the rail and crake family Rallidae.


Medium-large crake (length 24 cm). Head, neck and breast red-brown, paler on throat. Upperparts grey-brown. Underparts and underwing barred black and white. Bill green; legs and feet red.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

North-eastern India, southern Burma, Thailand, Malay Peninsula, Borneo and Indonesia. Recorded as a vagrant to north-western Australia. Found in dense vegetation close to permanent wetlands.



Clutch of 3-6 dull-white eggs.


Series of descending croaks, screams and grunts.


With a large range and no evidence of significant decline, this species is assessed as being of least concern.


  • BirdLife International. (2007). Species factsheet: Rallina fasciata. Downloaded from on 14/6/2007
  • Marchant, S.; Higgins, P.J.; & Davies, J.N. (eds). (1994). Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Volume 2: Raptors to Lapwings. Oxford University Press: Melbourne. ISBN 0-19-553069-1
  • Smythies, B.E.; & Davison, G.W.H. (1999). The Birds of Borneo. Natural History Publications (Borneo), in association with the Sabah Society: Kota Kinabalu. ISBN 983-812-028-6