Family Rails, Gallinules, Coots (Rallidae)

Least Concern

Mayr's Forest-rail (Rallicula mayri)


French: Râle de Mayr German: Zyklopenralle Spanish: Polluela de Mayr
Other common names: Mayr's Rail

Rallicula rubra mayri

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1930,

Cyclops Mountains, New Guinea


Closely related to R. leucospila and R. forbesi. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • R. m. mayri E. J. O. Hartert, 1930 – Cyclops Mts (NC New Guinea).
  • R. m. carmichaeli Diamond, 1969 – Foja, Torricelli and Bewani Mts (NC New Guinea).
  • Descriptive notes

    20–23cm; male 123–136 (128) g, 3 females 112–123 (118) g. The only Rallina species of montane forest within its range. Predominantly reddish... read more




    Floor of montane forest, at 1100–2200 m.

    Food and feeding

    No information available.


    Nothing known.


    None recorded.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in North Papuan Mountains EBA. Found on four isolated coastal mountain ranges. Known from a handful... read more

    Recommended citation

    Taylor, B. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Mayr's Forest-rail (Rallicula mayri). 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 26 January 2020).