2015. Rallina faseiata

(2015) Rallina fasciata (Raffles).
Rallina fasciata, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. vi, p. 17.
The range of this bird has not yet been well worked out. It was supposed to be found in Burma from Karenni and Rangoon, South through the Malay States to Sumatra, Borneo, Java, the Moluccas and Celebes. I, however, obtained it several times in the North Cachar Hills, and it will probably be found from Assam and the whole of Northern Burma to the Shan States and, quite possibly, to the Bengal Duars on the West.
Wickham was the first person to take the nest of this race. He observes (Journ. Bomb. Nat. Hist. Soc. vol. xvii, p. 228, 1906) :— “On the 29th June I found a nest of the Malayan Banded Crake at Pakokku, Lower Chindwin, containing 5 eggs. The nest was a pad of dead bamboo leaves with a few dry twigs placed on the ground under the thin cover of a small bush. I was lucky enough to get the old male caught on the nest at night with a cast net. The locality is roughly longitude 21° 35' North and the (nest was in a small patch of bamboo tree jungle, rather dark, not very thick undergrowth, in the bend of a stream which dries up in the hot weather, leaving, perhaps, a pool or two, but was at this time a flowing stream. The nest was within 15' of the edge of the water and was probably just above high flood level. The surrounding country is hilly and the place is a small valley at the junction of these streams, where a few Burmans have squatted and cultivate a few acres of paddy land when possible ; the particular patch of jungle was bordering the paddy fields.”
In 1913 these Rails seem to have been quite common round Taiping and Simpang, and W. A. T. Kellow took several sets of eggs of which he sent me three with a skin of a female caught on one of the nests. “In each case the nest was made of rushes, grass and leaves placed on or under bushes in very thick undergrowth in forest and a long way from any water.”
The only other nest I know of is one taken by Hopwood at Henzada in Lower Burma, about which he wrote me :—“This week (15th August) we found a great rarity. My man, found four white eggs laid in a nest of grass and leaves in some very dense undergrowth in the forest. He reported to me and I went out and saw a bird sneak off but could not get a shot and, though she returned, she always sneaked off in the thick growth and foiled me. At last we got a fishing net which one of my men succeeded in casting over the nest and catching her. This was far from water.”
Twelve eggs, all I know of except Wickham’s, average 31.1 x 23.6 mm. : maxima 35.0 x 25.4 mm. ; minima 27.2 x 21.9 mm. ; while Wickham gives the average of his five egga as 29.9 x 23.9 mm.
They cannot, of course, be separated from those of Race, nigrolineata—pure white and of the same shape and texture.
All the eggs taken—5, 4, 4, 2 and 2—were fresh, and full clutches may number more.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 4. 1935.
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Malayan Banded Crake
Red-legged Crake
Rallina fasciata
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