French: Râle géant German: Baumralle Spanish: Rascón inepto
D’Albertis and Salvadori
Fly River, New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
M. i. pallida
Rand, 1938 – NC New Guinea from Idenburg R to Sepik R.
M. i. inepta
D’Albertis & Salvadori, 1879 – SC New Guinea from Setekwa R and Lorentz R to Digul R and Fly R.
36–38 cm. Sexes alike. Large, powerful flightless rail, with long heavy legs and very short, decomposed tail; easily distinguished from sympatric rallids on structure,... read more
Harsh but shrill call “aaah-aaah”, reminiscent of the squeal of a baby pig; also a short... read more
Mangrove forests, wet thickets, swamp forest and riverine bamboo thickets in lowlands.
Food and feeding
Undescribed; two downy young obtained at L Daviumbu, near R Fly in Sept (latter part of dry season). Downy chick is black on head, and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Poorly known, and previously assessed as Data Deficient, and subsequently Near Threatened. Very rarely seen, but may be locally... read more
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