Family Rails, Gallinules, Coots (Rallidae)


Snoring Rail (Aramidopsis plateni)


French: Râle de Platen German: Schnarchralle Spanish: Rascón de Platen

Rallus plateni

A. W. H. Blasius

, 1886,

Rurukan, Sulawesi




N, NC & SE Sulawesi.

Descriptive notes

30 cm. Flightless; heavy legs and feet; appears tailless in the field, with slightly downcurved bill. Sexes similar but female has brighter rufous hindneck and often less... read more


Distinctive rather quiet call, lasting 1–2 seconds, rendered “ee-orrrr”: very brief wheeze... read more


Dense liana and bamboo secondary growth on borders of lowland or highland forest; occasionally... read more

Food and feeding

Possibly largely crabs; lizards also recorded. Captive bird survived on crabs for some time. Forages for crabs in mountain streams; also... read more


Only record is of an adult foraging with 2 chicks on 18th Aug 1983.



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Sulawesi EBA. Locally distributed, rare and elusive; known from 11 specimens, all but one collected before 1940, from 4... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Snoring Rail (Aramidopsis plateni). 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 15 December 2019).