Hypotaenidia Reichenbach, Nat. Syst. Vogel, xxiii (1852).
Type by orig. desig., Rallus pectoralis.
This genus differs from Rallus in having a stouter and, often a rather shorter bill, with a more distinctly angulate gonys. Two races of one species, Hypotaenidia striata, are found in India, whilst outside this country they are widely distributed throughout the Oriental and Australian regions.