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Slaty-breasted Rail

Slaty-breasted Rail

Lewinia striata

The Slaty-breasted Rail, scientifically known as Lewinia striata, is a bird that graces the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia with its presence. This species, once thought to be part of the Gallirallus genus, has been reclassified into Lewinia following recent genetic studies.

Identification Tips

When observing the Slaty-breasted Rail, one can note its distinctive slate-grey breast, a feature that gives this bird its common name. The plumage is a harmonious blend of earthy tones, providing excellent camouflage in its natural habitat.


This rail species is most commonly found in wetlands, where it can skulk through the undergrowth, often hidden from view. Its preference for such environments makes it a bird that requires a keen eye to spot.


The Slaty-breasted Rail has a wide range, extending across the Indian Subcontinent and into the lush landscapes of Southeast Asia.


The Slaty-breasted Rail is known for its secretive nature, often remaining concealed within dense vegetation. It is a bird that prefers the quiet solitude of its wetland realm.


Breeding activity for the Slaty-breasted Rail has been recorded in the month of July near Dehradun, located in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas. This suggests a breeding season that coincides with the monsoon period.

Conservation status

The IUCN has classified the Slaty-breasted Rail as Least Concern, indicating that, for now, this species does not face immediate threats to its survival. However, continuous monitoring is essential to ensure it remains out of danger.

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Beth King
18 Feb 2024 - 10:17am

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