Family Rails, Gallinules, Coots (Rallidae)

Least Concern

Slaty-breasted Wood-rail (Aramides saracura)


French: Râle saracura German: Saracuraralle Spanish: Cotara saracura

Gallinula saracura


, 1825,





SE Brazil from S Minas Gerais E to Espírito Santo and S to Rio Grande do Sul, whence W to NE Argentina (Misiones, Corrientes) and E Paraguay.

Descriptive notes

34–37 cm; 1 male 540 g. Sexes alike. Only Aramides with grey of head and neck extending as far as belly apart from A. calopterus, which has maroon-... read more


Variety of loud, resounding, noisy cries, including “po-quit kwaa kwaa kwaa”, “po... read more


Forests and woodland patches; prefers swampy or boggy areas or stream edges, but is not dependent... read more

Food and feeding

One recorded feeding on a dead bird. No other information.


One nest recorded: found at Novo Hamburgo (Rio Grande do Sul), spring 1961; situated 2 m above ground in thick bush; eggs 4 or 5. ... read more


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Shy and infrequently observed; status unknown over most of range, but common in N & E Rio Grande do Sul in 1980s. Status... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. & Bonan, A. (2020). Slaty-breasted Wood-rail (Aramides saracura). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 25 February 2020).