French: Marouette plombée German: Wieselsumpfhuhn Spanish: Polluela turura
Subspecies and Distribution
P. a. typhoeca
J. L. Peters, 1932 – Colombia, Venezuela and Trinidad to the Guianas and extreme N Brazil (N Roraima); recently discovered in NE Ecuador (Sucumbíos)#R.
P. a. albicollis
(Vieillot, 1819) – E & S Brazil, N & E Bolivia, Paraguay and extreme N Argentina; probably this race in SE Peru.
21–24 cm; male 90–114 g, one female 105 g, two unsexed 92–121 g. Sexes alike. Slightly smaller P. carolina has white streaks on upperparts,... read more
Song a repeated, loud, fast series of vibrating notes, sounding like machine-gun “d'd... read more
Freshwater marshes, marshy lakes, Moriche swamps, rice fields, drainage ditches, savanna, dry to... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and their larvae (Lepidoptera, Formicidae, Coleoptera), and grass seeds. Occasionally emerges partially into the open near cover,... read more
Trinidad and Tobago, probably Jul–Oct; Guyana, Feb–Jul with peak in May, but possibly nesting throughout year. Nest a large... read more
Nothing definitely recorded, but some seasonal movements possible in Colombia, records from NE Meta... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Race olivacea formerly regarded as quite common to abundant in Guyana, local in Colombia and rare in Trinidad; no... read more
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