Rallina canningi   Blyth,  1863 (Bird)
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Class: Aves

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Size: 34 cm.

Voice: Deep croak, kroop! kroop!, and sharp chick, chick.

Habits: Skulker, prefers reeds and herbs, carries itself on its legs. Breeding season falls between June and August. The nest is a collection of grass, dead leaves and rushes placed on the ground in marshy areas or near streams in dense forest.

Adult: Sexes alike, larger than Slaty-legged Crake. Bill pale green, upperparts and breast deep glossy ruddy chestnut, belly dark-grey with chestnut tinge and bold black and white barring, legs and feet olive green. Juvenile: With duller chestnut upperparts and breast, dark greyish belly with chestnut tinge and narrow white barring.

Synonym (s)
Euryzona canningi Tyrler, 1863

Common Name (s)
• Andaman Banded Crake (English)
• Andaman Crake (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Anthropogenic
(Habitat loss: Many of the Amdaman endemics are threatened by their naturally limited distribution and scarcity, coupled with the degradation and destruction of available habitat by people. The impact of development and natural resource exploitation is increasing in most relevent habitats on the islands. In the area of South Andaman where this species was seen in 2000, the forest habitat was under pressure from logging and settlement, and deforestation was already widespread. There might aslo be a problem with introduced predators, such as dogs and cats, which possibly hunt this species and have brought many island rallids to the brink of extinction or beyond.)

Habitat:  Estuarine, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  The diet comprises beetles,grasshoppers, worms, small snails and caterpillars, small freshwater fish and shrimps.
IUCN Status:  Near Threatened


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, South Andaman (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at - http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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  • Animal Photo Album Available at - http://www.animalpicturesarchive.com/
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