French: Râle étoilé German: Darwinralle Spanish: Polluela de Darwin
Other common names:
Rio de la Plata, Uruguay
S Brazil to Uruguay, Paraguay and N Argentina; also S Colombia, W Venezuela, Guyana and N Bolivia; status uncertain in much of apparent range, e.g. probably breeds in province of Córdoba, in Argentina.
13–14 cm; unsexed 30g. Sexes alike. White on secondaries distinguishes from all sympatric rallids. Laterallus jamaicensis is similar in size and overall... read more
Vocalizations unobtrusive; easily masked by other marsh sounds. Has “kooweee-cack” call, first... read more
Grassy savanna, dense marshy vegetation, swamps, rice and alfalfa fields; also crop stubble and... read more
Food and feeding
One stomach contained 80% small grass seeds, 15% arthropod remains and 5% fine gravel.
Uruguay, brood of 3 young in Dec, in wheat stubble; Venezuela, breeding condition Aug; Brazil, breeding condition Dec.
Speculated to undertake migrations between N & S South America, but unlikely in view of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Occurs over very large area but records very sparse, with few in any country, and species normally described as very rare. However,... read more
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