Family Rails, Gallinules, Coots (Rallidae)

Critically Endangered

New Caledonian Rail (Gallirallus lafresnayanus)


Taxonomy

French: Râle de Lafresnaye German: Pelzralle Spanish: Rascón de Nueva Caledonia
Taxonomy:

Gallirallus Lafresnayanus

J. P. Verreaux and Des Murs

, 1860,

New Caledonia

.

Sometimes placed in genus Tricholimnas or in Rallus. Monotypic.

Distribution:

New Caledonia (not recorded since 1890; possibly extinct).

Descriptive notes

45–48 cm. Although flightless, has fairly longish tail. Sexes alike but female somewhat smaller. Lacks rufous and dark barring on remiges which is noticeable character... read more

Voice

Unknown.

Habitat

Dense humid forest, now probably only in relatively inaccessible areas, but formerly also in... read more

Food and feeding

Captive birds ate raw meat and vegetable matter, and caught rats. Diet thought to be similar to that of Hypotaenidia sylvestris, i... read more

Breeding

No information available.

Movements

None.

Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in New Caledonia EBA. Until recently, thought to be extinct because had not been recorded by ornithologists during... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B., de Juana, E. & Sharpe, C.J. (2018). New Caledonian Rail (Gallirallus lafresnayanus). 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/53609 on 13 December 2018).