The red-legged crake (Rallina fasciata) is a waterbird in the rail and crake family, Rallidae. It is a medium-large crake (length 24 cm). Its head, neck and breast red-brown, paler on throat. Its upper parts are grey-brown. Underparts and underwings are barred black and white. Its bill is green and its legs are red.
Found in far north-eastern India, eastern Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, Malay Peninsula, Borneo and Indonesia. It is recorded as a vagrant to north-western Australia. It is located in dense vegetation close to permanent wetlands.
This red-legged crake was saved by a friend after his pet cat brought it home in Shah Alam. It was decided that the crake will be released back to the wild in Putrajaya and I was privileged to witness the occasion. Hope the crake survives in its new habitat.
Name: Red-legged crake
Scientific: Rallina fasciata
Malay: Sintar Api / Sintar Kaki Merah
IUCN Red List (v3.1, 2016): Least Concern
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