French: Râle des Moluques German: Rotsteiß-Kielralle Spanish: Gallineta moluqueña
Other common names:
Ambon and Ternate, Moluccas
Subspecies and Distribution
A. m. moluccana
(Wallace, 1865) – Sangihe and Talaud Is, Sula Is, Moluccas, W Papuan Is (Misool), and W & N New Guinea (including Biak I and Karkar I).
A. m. nigrifrons
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1926) – Bismarck Archipelago and N & W Solomon Is (S to Guadalcanal).
A. m. ultima
Mayr, 1949 – SE Solomon Is.
A. m. ruficrissa
(Gould, 1869) – S & E New Guinea, and N, NE & E Australia.
23–30 cm; male ruficrissa 129–208 (177) g, ultima 189–248 g; female ultima 135–192 g, other races 161–205 (183) g;... read more
Common call a loud shriek or wail, repeated 8–10 times; often given by pair in antiphonal... read more
Dense stands of grass and reeds, sometimes bamboo, with pockets of dense bushes, near still or... read more
Food and feeding
Earthworms, Orthoptera, Coleoptera, Lepidoptera (adults and larvae), frogs; also vegetable matter, including seeds of grass (Poaceae) and... read more
Bacan (Moluccas), Sept; New Guinea, Sept–Apr; Australia, Oct–Apr. Normally seen in pairs or family groups; probably monogamous... read more
Considered resident over most of range, and recorded throughout range in all seasons. Possibly... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Formerly regarded as common and widespread in New Guinea, and common in Solomon Is (Santa Isabel). No current accurate estimates of... read more
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