Family Rails, Gallinules, Coots (Rallidae)

Least Concern

Giant Wood-rail (Aramides ypecaha)


Taxonomy

French: Râle ypécaha German: Ypecaharalle Spanish: Cotara ipacaá
Taxonomy:

Rallus ypecaha

Vieillot

, 1819,

Paraguay

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

EC & SE Brazil, E Bolivia#R, Paraguay, NE Argentina and Uruguay.

Descriptive notes

41–45 (possibly up to 53) cm; two females 640–765 g. Sexes alike; female slightly smaller. Largest Aramides; handsome bird, with pale bluish grey face... read more

Voice

Calls during day and also in evening, when birds congregate in selected spots and set up an... read more

Habitat

Open marshes, lightly wooded swampy areas, fields and pastures near water and cover, and gallery... read more

Food and feeding

Little information available. Recorded taking a snake. Recorded digging the soil with the beak while foraging. In captivity, eats insect... read more

Breeding

Nest of grasses and weed stems, c. 30 cm in diameter, built 1+ m above water, in shrub or broken-down vegetation. Eggs 4–5; chicks... read more

Movements

None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Formerly common to abundant in much of its range; in 1980s was common in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, where it is a frequent victim of... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. (2019). Giant Wood-rail (Aramides ypecaha). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/53641 on 15 December 2019).