French: Râle ocellé German: Schomburgkralle Spanish: Polluela ocelada
interior of Guyana
Subspecies and Distribution
M. s. schomburgkii
(Schomburgk, 1848) – Costa Rica, Colombia, Venezuela and the Guianas.
M. s. chapmani
(Naumburg, 1930) – SE Peru, N Bolivia, C to SE Brazil and E Paraguay.
14–15 cm; male 40 g, female 24g, unsexed 32 g. Distinctive small crake; tail quite well developed, despite genus name. Sexes similar but female usually has head more... read more
Song a sequence of clear, strong “pr-pr-pr” notes, lasting 20–30 seconds. Calls most... read more
Variety of dense grassland habitats, both well drained and seasonally flooded, from almost pure... read more
Food and feeding
Beetles (Carabidae, Scarabaeidae), stoneflies, grasshoppers (Acrididoidea), cockroaches and many ants. One caught in trap baited with... read more
Brazil, Oct–Mar; Costa Rica, probably during rainy season; Colombia breeding condition Mar. Monogamous; territorial, possibly... read more
None recorded, but occasionally flies into lighted open windows at night. Doubtful record of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Patchily distributed, but can be locally fairly common in natural grasslands and savannas within its disjunct range. Probably exists... read more
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