French: Râle noirâtre German: Trauerralle Spanish: Rascón negruzco
Subspecies and Distribution
P. n. caucae
(Conover, 1949) – SW Colombia (Cauca Valley S to Nariño).
P. n. nigricans
(Vieillot, 1819) – E Ecuador, E Peru, N Bolivia, W, SC & E Brazil, Paraguay and extreme NE Argentina.
27–29 cm; 1 male 217g. Sexes alike. Closely resembles partially sympatric R. sanguinolentus, which differs in being larger and having grey chin and throat,... read more
Descriptions include: very fast, metallic “tii'd'dit”; complaining “... read more
Marshes, vegetation-choked waterways, flooded rice fields, tall damp grass, and swampy, lightly... read more
Food and feeding
No information on food; presumably feeds on insects and other invertebrates. Occasionally forages in the open: on muddy shores with other... read more
Brazil, male with somewhat enlarged testes, Jul. Nest of aquatic grasses, placed on or near the ground in tall damp grass. Possible nest of... read more
None recorded, but a stray record from Junín, NC Peru, at 4080m.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Past and present status difficult to assess, as species usually secretive and difficult to observe, but both races generally regarded... read more
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