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BUFF BANDED RAIL (Gallirallus philippensis)
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Buff banded rail

A smaller bird than the flightless Woodhen, this rail also has more colourful plumage, with flecks and bands of white and black on its body and wings; and a broad chestnut band across the entire chest. These birds are frequent good colonisers of islands and it has been recorded on Lord Howe Island on and off from the 1890's. When cats were removed in the 1980's the birds quickly multiplied and have spread through the settlement to be one of the most common land birds seen. 


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