A cry in the night

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Red-legged Crake catching a worm – courtesy of KC Tsang.

Dr Jean Ho sent in a video clip taken in the late evening at her daughter’s apartment that abuts the Garden Wing of Shangri-La Hotel. It records a distant call that Jean wonders whether it was made by a bird.

The clip was sent to Wildlife Consultant Subaraj Rajathurai who is one of the very few Singaporeans familiar with most of the local bird calls. Subaraj’s immediate reply: “That is one of the calls of the Red-legged Crake (Rallina fasciata). This is commonly heard at night (and day) in wooded habitats.”

The contact call of this crake, also identified by Subaraj, can be heard in this POST.

Dr Jean Ho & Subaraj Rajathurai
29th April 2019

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