Buff-banded Rail (species: Gallirallus (Gallirallus) philippensis) in Royal NP (Gaia Guide)
Gallirallus (Gallirallus) philippensis
Buff-banded Rail

©Tom Tarrant: Buff-banded Rail

©Nick Talbot: Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus (Gallirallus) philippensis)

©Alec Brennan: Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus (Gallirallus) philippensis)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Gruiformes
Family Rallidae
Genus Gallirallus
Species Gallirallus (Gallirallus) philippensis
Status unspecified



Distinguishing features

It is a largely terrestrial bird the size of a small domestic chicken, with mainly brown upperparts, finely banded black and white underparts, a white eyebrow, chestnut band running from the bill round the nape, with a buff band on the breast. It utilises a range of moist or wetland habitats with low, dense vegetation for cover. It is usually quite shy but may become very tame and bold in some circumstances, such as in island resorts within the Great Barrier Reef region. (Wikipedia)


  • From 29 cm to 33 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Adults


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus (Gallirallus) philippensis)

Distribution and habitat preferences

found throughout much of Australasia and the south-west Pacific region, including the Philippines, New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, and numerous smaller islands, covering a range of latitudes from the tropics to the Subantarctic. (Wikipedia)

Local abundance

  • Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand: locally common

Audio recordings


NSW, Australia

© Marc Anderson


Calling from ricefield

© Desmond Allen

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