French: Râle austral German: Magellanralle Spanish: Rascón pidén
P. P. King
Straits of Magellan
S Chile (Magallanes) and patchily S Argentina (Río Negro to Santa Cruz)#R#R; recently recorded in Falkland Is#R.
20 cm. In fresh plumage, breast and sides washed olive brown. Sexes alike. Similar to R. semiplumbeus but smaller, with sandy buff (not brown) edges to dorsal... read more
Most common vocalization is a series of high-pitched notes "pee", "peeree",... read more
Wet fields, rushy parts of meadows, rushy lake shores and reedbeds, mostly adjacent to coast. In... read more
Food and feeding
One stomach contained caddisflies (Limnophilus meridionalis, Trichoptera). Birds wintering in a garden fed on grubs found... read more
Chile, Oct, possibly Nov; Argentina, possibly Nov; probably breeds throughout its range, but data lacking. Only definite nest was recorded... read more
Northward post-breeding migration may occur, at least in southernmost populations, Mar–Apr.... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. There were only three records between 1900 and 1998, when rediscovered in Santa Cruz province, Argentina. Previously considered Critically Endangered, it was... read more
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