Family Rails, Gallinules, Coots (Rallidae)

Least Concern

Little Wood-rail (Aramides mangle)


French: Râle des palétuviers German: Küstenralle Spanish: Cotara de manglar

Gallinula mangle


, 1825,

coast of Bahia, Brazil




E Brazil from NE Pará to NE Bahia and S along coast to São Paulo.

Descriptive notes

27–29 cm; 1 female 164g. Sexes alike. Smallest member of genus; differs from all congeners in having greenish bill with red base, and from all except A. calopterus... read more


Until recently undescribed. Penetrating, loud “pik-pik-pik” or “pyok-pyok-pyok... read more


Mainly coastal swamps and lagoons, including mangrove swamps; inland records do not seem to be... read more

Food and feeding

Very little known. At low tide, in estuary of R Traripe, Bahia, birds seen emerging from mangroves to feed on banks of river. Recorded... read more


Very little known. Breeding activity recorded in May–Jul in the Caatinga region, and in Oct–Nov in the coast of Rio de Janeiro... read more


There are inland records in the Caatinga region during the rainy period (Feb–Jun), sometimes... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Status unclear; known from NE Pará, Maranhão, Ceará, Bahia, Pernambuco and Alagoas S to São Paulo;... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B., Bonan, A., Boesman, P. & de Juana, E. (2020). Little Wood-rail (Aramides mangle). 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 on 22 January 2020).