Spotted: Red-legged Crake

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It was 4 pm on 28th July 2007, just after a heavy downpour when Ng Bee Choo came across a single Red-legged Crake (Rallina fasciata) taking a bath in a shallow puddle along the road leading to the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ Visitor Centre. She managed to capture a few shots with her camera, as shown on the left.

The Red-legged Crake is an uncommon resident and a winter visitor to Singapore. It is a secretive bird and usually not easily seen. Interestingly, it was first recorded on 3 Jun 1898 in the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Since the first sighting, it had been seen in various forested as well as non-forested locations on the main island. The bird is usually associated with ditches, streams, understorey of forests and dense scrub. It does breed locally, first reported in January 1985 in Hume Heights, possibly earlier in 1944. Chicks are reportedly seen in March, May and August.

Migrants arrive from October to April.

Ng Bee Choo
Singapore
August 2007

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  2. Kwa Kee Lang

    Hi all,
    just want to check,has there any record of red-legged crake in Bukit Batok Nature park?
    I have seen 3 birds in BBNP,near the stream on 16 Dec,seems like they are breeding.I have only managed to take a rather blur picture,as they were moving fast crossing the foot path,but the red legs should tell the identity.

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  3. Margie Hall

    Yes, Red-legged crake have been in Bukit Batok Nature Park for many years.

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