(Last Updated on : 19-09-2015)
Slaty-legged crake or banded crake is an Indian bird
with a scientific name "Rallina eurizonoides
" is a water bird in the rail and crake family Rallidae.
Breeding Habitats of Slaty-legged Crake
The breeding habitat of Slaty-legged crake is swamps and it is similar in wet areas in well-wooded country across south Asia east from India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka to the Philippines and Indonesia.
Migration of Slaty-legged Crake
Slaty-legged crake are mainly permanent residents throughout their range, but some northern populations migrate further south in winter season.
Structure of Slaty-legged Crake
Slaty-legged Crake is about 25 cm long. The body of Slaty-legged crake is flattened laterally to allow easier passage through the undergrowth. It has long toes and a short tail. The colouring Slaty-legged crake includes a brown back, chestnut head and breast, and strong black-and-white barring on the flanks, belly and under tail. The throat of Slaty-legged crake is white, the bill is yellowish, and the legs are green.
Sexes of Slaty-Legged Crake
The sexes of both adult female and male Slaty-legged crake are similar. The juvenile Slaty-legged crake are dark brown above and below, although they have the belly barring and white throat.
Behavioural Approach of Slaty-Legged Crake
Slaty-legged crakes are territorial in nature. But Slaty-legged crake are quite secretive in their behaviour, hiding in green bushes and the tropical forest regions when disturbed. Slaty-legged crakes probe with their bill in mud or shallow water, also picking up food by sight. They forage for berries and insects on the ground, or clambering through bushes and undergrowth. They nest in a dry location on the ground or low bush, laying 4-8 eggs.
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