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Gallirallus philippensis

Much of Australia and the SW pacific

The buff-banded Rail is mainly brown with a tightly banded black and white chest from which is gets its name. They tend to be secretive birds, scuttling under the brush at any sign of danger. However they can become quite tame and bold in the right circumstances, and are sometimes allowed free reign of gardens and resorts. The birds do not travel in big groups; they are usually seen alone or in pairs. The banded rail birds create cup shaped nests which they hide in dense grass. Newly hatched birds stay with their parents for two months until they are evicted from the territory.

Habitat: Dense vegetation bordering wetlands, mangrove swamps and marshes
Diet: Seeds, worms, insects, fruits and vegetables
Status: Least Concern (IUCN)
Approximate Dimensions of Adult: Length: 31 centimeters
Weight: 130 grams
Reproduction & Offspring: 5-8 eggs are laid at a time. 19 day incubation period.


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