French: Râle à masque rouge German: Rotmaskenralle Spanish: Polluela pituro
P. L. Sclater and Salvin
Río Napo, eastern Ecuador
Subspecies and Distribution
R. c. coccineipes
(Olson, 1973) – S Colombia, NE Ecuador and N Peru (S to R Napo).
R. c. castaneiceps
(P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1868) – E Ecuador and E Peru; presumably this race#R in extreme NW Bolivia (Pando)#R and W Brazil (Acre, Rondônia)#R.
19–22 cm; 1 female 126 g. Tail very short. Sexes alike. Distinguished from R. viridis by dark brown underparts and entirely rufous face; from Porzana... read more
Song is a synchronized duet, one bird making loud, high-pitched “ti-too” call and the... read more
Normally said to inhabit humid terra firme forest and banks of forest streams, but in NW... read more
Food and feeding
Food not recorded, but species presumably feeds on insects and other small invertebrates. Forages on ground inside dense thickets, flicking... read more
Bolivia, nearly grown young Jun (egg laid May?); Colombia, breeding condition Jun. Two nests found in Jun and Dec in Ecuador, with two eggs... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Regarded as uncommon to rare throughout its range, and possibly of rather local distribution. Status difficult to assess, as birds... read more
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