Buff-banded Rail

07th May 2017
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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.

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