Gallirallus philippenis (30 to 33 cm)
Locally, we have the occasional influx of the shy, ground dwelling Buff-banded Rail, especially after good rains. It skulks in damp areas of thick undergrowth, rank grasses and marshy areas.
It's range of calls includes squeaks, rattles, grunts and donkey-like brays, often a clue that they are visiting our area.
It nests in a grass-lined depression in dense vegetation, sometimes a long way from water. If we allow vegetation in parts of our garden to thicken, the more likely it is the Buff-banded Rail will pay us a visit.