French: Râle à bec ensanglanté German: Grauralle Spanish: Rascón gallineta
Brazil and Chile
Subspecies and Distribution
P. s. simonsi
C. Chubb, 1917 – extreme S of Ecuador and Pacific slope of Peru S to N Chile.
P. s. tschudii
C. Chubb, 1919 – temperate zone of Peru (S from upper R Marañón) to C & SE Bolivia.
P. s. zelebori
(Pelzeln, 1865) – SE Brazil.
P. s. sanguinolentus
(Swainson, 1838) – Paraguay, extreme SE Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina S to Río Negro.
P. s. landbecki
(Hellmayr, 1932) – C Chile (Atacama S to Llanquihue) and SW Argentina.
P. s. luridus
(Peale, 1848) – S Chile and S Argentina to Tierra del Fuego (including I Grande); doubtful record from Falkland Is.
30–38cm; 3 males 170–213 (197)g, 1 female 233 g. Sexes alike. Very similar to sympatric P. nigricans, which differs in being smaller and having whitish... read more
Song a series of high, penetrating, rolling squeals “rrueet'e”, “pu-rueet... read more
Reed-marsh, sometimes of small area, especially around muddy creeks and ponds with much floating... read more
Food and feeding
Grubs, worms and insects. Mainly crepuscular, but also active during night, in marsh or adjacent cultivated fields; can also be seen... read more
Peru, Oct, chicks Jan; Chile, Oct–Jan; SE Brazil, breeding condition Nov; Argentina, Oct–Dec. Recorded as occurring in pairs.... read more
No definite information, but thought to be migratory over part of range; birds of inland marshes on... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Nominate race, simonsi and landbecki formerly regarded as locally common; past status of others unknown. Current... read more
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