PORT PHILLIP BAY


Buff-banded Rail 

Gallirallus philippensis

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Gruiformes
Family:
Rallidae
Genus:
Gallirallus
Species:
philippensis

General Description

Upper body parts mottled green-brown with black and white spots, underparts striped black and white. Face red-brown and throat grey-brown. Yellow-brown stripe across breast area and a curved white stripe above the eye. Body up to 34 cm long.

Biology

Buff-banded Rails are secretive and flick their tail when alarmed. They feed on insects and aquatic plants.

Habitat

Freshwater wetlands and swamps.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Australia.

Species Group

Birds Coots, rails and swamphens

Max Size

34 cm

Diet

Omnivore

Commercial Species

Yes

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Least Concern

Author

article author Longmore, N. W.

Wayne Longmore is a Senior Collection manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author O'Brien, R.

Rory O'Brien is a Collection Manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Longmore, N. W. & O'Brien, R., 2011, Buff-banded Rail, Gallirallus philippensis, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 25 Jul 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7868

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