French: Râle insulaire German: Hovaralle Spanish: Polluela malgache
Nossi Vola, Madagascar.
Closely related to S. affinis. Monotypic.
Madagascar, mainly in E.
14 cm; one female 30 g. Tail short and fluffy. Male distinctive, being most similar to wholly allopatric S. affinis, with rich chestnut head, neck, breast and tail;... read more
Common call, probably given by both sexes, a characteristic, loud, high-pitched, ringing series of... read more
Tolerant of wide variety of habitats: grassland of edges and clearings of undisturbed and degraded... read more
Food and feeding
Only insects and seeds recorded.
Poorly known. Lays Feb in NE Madagascar and Oct in S Magasgascar (both months during the local wet seasons), probably also Sept and... read more
Unknown: probably none.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread, apparently common over most of its range, especially in E region; seems to adapt readily to degraded environments.
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