French: Râle à ventre gris German: Rostschwingenralle Spanish: Cotara moluqueña
G. R. Gray, 1862,
Misool Island, off north-west New Guinea.
Validity of races questionable. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
G. p. plumbeiventris
(G. R. Gray, 1862) – N Moluccas, W Papuan Is (including Misool), New Guinea (except S), including Karkar I, and New Ireland (Bismarck Archipelago).
G. p. hoeveni
(von Rosenberg, 1866) – Aru Is and S New Guinea (Setekwa R to Fly R).
30–33 cm; estimated 300 g. Bare orbital skin pink; eyering is salmon or reddish; long bill; axillaries and underwing-coverts barred greyish black and white; much... read more
Loud gulping “wow-wow-wow-wow”, only heard at start of wet season and probably a territorial call.... read more
Floor of primary forest; also marshy forests, swamps and wet grassy areas near rivers and lakes.... read more
Food and feeding
Eats insects; probably also a variety of other small animals. Seen to attack a Common Paradise-kingfisher (Tanysiptera galatea)... read more
Misool, Nov; Karkar, Feb; breeds in wet season. Territorial, at least when breeding; occurs in pairs or family parties. In Sepik region,... read more
Sedentary; locally nomadic in New Guinea. In Port Moresby area mostly seen Dec–May, but... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Very little information available, but species is apparently not uncommon throughout its sizeable range, though very shy and... read more
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