Red-legged Crake: Aborted or experimental sex?

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Lin Yangchen sent in this report on the Red-legged Crake (Rallina fasciata):

“Here are two record shots. Probably not really having sex because one only climbed the other. Maybe just trying out the balance. Three chicks were nearby. If I recall correctly, David Wells stated in his Birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula that chicks are escorted by a single adult. But there were two apparently courting adults there. Polygamy? Polyandry? Etc.? Or perhaps their life history has simply been corrupted by urbanisation.”

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Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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