French: Râle brunoir German: Rothalsralle Spanish: Polluela burrito
Subspecies and Distribution
L. m. melanophaius
(Vieillot, 1819) – coastal Venezuela E to Suriname and S through C & E Brazil to E Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and N Argentina.
L. m. oenops
(P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1880) – S Colombia, E Ecuador, E Peru and W Brazil.
14–18 cm; one male 60 g, female 53–54 g; unsexed 46–57 (51) g. Bill relatively long and medium-slender; occasionally shows some narrow white barring on... read more
Abrupt, loose churring, very similar to call of L. albigularis. Calls frequently.
Marshes, especially in dense vegetation along edges; also wet meadows and grassland; often some way... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, especially beetles (Curculionidae), spiders, and bugs (Homoptera); captive birds ate mealworms (Tenebrio larvae) and... read more
SE Brazil, 2 young Nov, 1 Jan. Captive pair built 3 nests, 2 in bushes 0·6m and over 1 m above ground, and 1 in nestbox on ground.... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Apparently uncommon in Argentina and in Rio Grande do Sul, SE Brazil; status not recorded elsewhere as birds difficult to observe. read more
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