At several thousand feet elevation in Sikkim, as also in the Khasi Hills, there occurs the present species, distinguished from our other small crakes by the large amount of slate in its. plumage, which is only diversified by the brown back and wings, all the neck as well as the face and under-parts being grey. The legs are of a pale dull red, and the size is about that of a quail.
The bird has been found in the usual haunts of rails, in cover alongside pools, swamps, and wet rice-fields. It may probably be found to go lower down in winter and to extend some distance along the hills, birds of this kind being generally little noticed.