French: Râle de Forbes German: Nymphenralle Spanish: Polluela de Forbes
Other common names: Forbes's Rail
Owen Stanley Range, New Guinea.
Closely related to R. leucospila and R. mayri. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
R. f. steini
Rothschild, 1934 – C New Guinea from Weyland Mts E to Bismarck Mts.
R. f. parva
T. K. Pratt, 1982 – Mt Mengam (Adelbert Range), in NE New Guinea.
R. f. dryas
Mayr, 1931 – mountains of Huon Peninsula, in NE New Guinea.
R. f. forbesi
Sharpe, 1887 – SE New Guinea from Herzog Mts to Owen Stanley Mts.
20–25 cm; male 78–106 (88) g, female 65–96 g, 1 subadult female 81 g. Male distinguished from other mountain forest Rallina species by unpatterned... read more
Utters a low, frog-like “quaaak”, slowly repeated; also a rapid “ko..ko..ko”, as well as other... read more
Floor of primary mid-montane and montane forest at 1100–3200m. In areas of sympatry with ... read more
Food and feeding
Takes mostly insects; also some seeds. Usually seen in small parties; forages deliberately in dry leaves, calling quietly.
Social and sexual behaviour unknown; roosting nests may contain pairs or 3–7 adults of both sexes. One roosting nest a domed... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Not uncommon locally in E New Guinea but apparently scarce or rare in W half of range, where overlaps with R. rubra.... read more
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