Buff-banded rail

Gallirallus philippensis

The Buff-banded Rail is hard to spot as they forage in pairs pecking and probing in mud to catch crustaceans, worms and other invertebrates, in dense reeds and vegetation.

They can be found in a variety of habitats including coastal beaches, reef flats, sandbanks, mangroves and artificial wetlands mainly along the East coast and islands, on Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands. It is also found in south-east Asia, New Guinea and New Zealand.