1396. Rallina fasciata.
The Malayan Banded Crake.
Rallus fasciatus, Raffl. Tr. Linn. Soc. xiii, p. 328 (1822). Porzana fasciata, Blyth, Cat. p. 285; Hume, S. F. ii, p. 483; iii, p. 188. Rallina fasciata, Wald. in Blyth's Birds Burm. p. 162 ; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 467 ; Hume, Cat. no. 912 bis; Hume & Marsh. Game B. ii, p. 235, pl.; Oates, B. B. ii, p. 341; Salvadori, Ann. Mus. Civ. Gen. (2) vii, p. 427 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xxiii, p. 75.
Coloration. Head and neck all round, with the breast, dull chestnut, paler, sometimes whitish, on the chin and throat; upper parts from the neck rufous brown; primary and some of the secondary wing-coverts with dark-edged white cross-bars; quills dark brown, all except the tertiaries with imperfect white bars on both webs; abdomen barred black and white, the white bars, becoming rufous on the lower tail-coverts.
In some skins, probably females, the black bars on the abdomen are narrower and disappear more or less in the middle. Young birds are brown, not chestnut, on the head, neck, and breast.
Bill blackish, plumbeous, or greenish slaty; gape, chin, and orbital ring crimson; irides brown to crimson; legs and feet coral-red ; claws horny blue (Davison).
Length 9 ; tail 2; wing 5 ; tarsus 1.7; bill from gape 1.
Distribution. From Karennee to Celebes and the Moluccas, throughout the Malayan Peninsula and islands. Found by Davison at Monlmein, Amherst, and Tavoy, and by Fea iu Karennee.
Habits, &c. Apparently a resident species, found in scrub and brushwood on the borders of wet cultivation. Nidification not known.