Railbabbler

Eupetes macrocerus

TAXONOMY

Eupetes macrocerus Temminck, 1831, Padang, Sumatra. OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Malaysian rail-babbler; French: Eupete a longue queue; German: Rallenlaufer; Spanish: Hablantín Malayo.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

11.4 in (29 cm). Brownish plumage with black legs and bill, white brow stripe and black eye stripe, sometimes with bluish stripe underneath.

DISTRIBUTION

E. m. macrocerus: Peninsular Thailand and Malaysia, Sumatra; E. m. borneensis: Borneo. Lives up to 3,300 ft (1,000 m).

HABITAT

Broad-leaved evergreen forest in lowland and hills.

BEHAVIOR

Very shy. Drawn-out monotone whistle heard much more than bird is seen. Walks on forest floor, jerking head like chicken; runs with great speed, holding the head up and the tail depressed.

Eupetes macrocerus

I Resident

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Eats insects and other small ground invertebrates.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Breeds January-July, laying two eggs.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Scarce to locally fairly common resident. Considered Near Threatened by the IUCN and Birdlife International owing to extensive logging in parts of its range.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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