Buff-banded Rails in metro Perth

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Subject: Buff-banded Rails in metro Perth
From: Scot Mcphee <>
Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2007 20:42:28 +1000
I have seen a buff banded rail running about the undergrowth (on two different occassions) near Mrs Macquaries Chair, which is right next to the royal botanic garden in the Sydney CBD (between the city and Woolloomooloo).

The first time it was close to the botanic garden, in some undergrowth in a garden bed. I got a good look and a positive identification by stalking it around the garden bed a bit. The next time was along side the stairs that run off the bottom end of Cowper Wharf rd, up to the land bridge that goes over the Eastern Distributor. There were some grasses and vegetation planted there next to the stairs to stabilise the hill-face and it was rustling around in that. When it noticed me observing it from the stairs (distance about 2 metres) it went deeper into the grasses and I lost sight of it.

This was about about 4 years ago before I moved from Sydney to Brisbane, I lived in Potts Pt and walked into the CBD every morning for work. I only saw the rail in the grass there the one time.

Never seen one in the open though.


On 14/04/2007, at 6:55 PM, Robyn wrote:

Sorry John, I can't tell you anything about Perth, but thought it may be interesting to know an area of Brisbane where I observed them one day last year. I was driving in Rocklea, an industrial suburb to the west, and stopped at traffic lights on an extremely busy road - lots of heavy trucks and semis. Whilst some lanes of traffic were stopped, with others still moving, out came a Buff- banded Rail and calmly pecked amongst the blue metal gravel well out into the intersection! I thought I was seeing things!

There is actually a creek which floods (if it were ever to rain again) within about two hundred metres. I wondered what it might be finding to eat, and could only come up with the possibility of dead insects having fallen off cars the previous night.

It is amazing how some creatures continue to make a living in suburban habitat.


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