French: Râle grêle German: Amazonasralle Spanish: Polluela pechigrís
Cayenne, French Guiana.
Proposed race vagans (from E Honduras–N Nicaragua border) considered invalid. Monotypic.
14–15·5 cm; male 26·5–39 (32)g, female 29–43 (36)g. Variable amount of narrow white barring on upperwing-coverts, sometimes absent. Sexes... read more
Call a series of 2–10 “tink” or “keek” notes; also descending musical... read more
Marshes, riverbanks, lake edges and wet grassy habitats with dense, short to fairly tall vegetation... read more
Food and feeding
Earthworms, spiders, insects (Orthoptera, Homoptera, Coleoptera, Hemiptera, Heteroptera and larval Lepidoptera), and seeds.
Surinam, Dec, Feb; Colombia, breeding condition Feb; Panama, possibly Jul; record from Trinidad, Jul, possibly not of this species. Nest... read more
Regarded as sedentary, but in Surinam 2 birds were caught at night at lighted houses in Jul and Feb... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fragmented distribution suggests that species may be more widespread than is known, but birds are secretive and very difficult to see... read more
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