French: Gallinule à face noire German: Maskenpfuhlhuhn Spanish: Gallineta pintada
Sometimes separated in monotypic genus Porphyriops. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
G. m. bogotensis
(Chapman, 1914) – E Andes of Colombia.
G. m. melanops
(Vieillot, 1819) – SE Bolivia, Paraguay, E & S Brazil, NE Argentina and Uruguay.
G. m. crassirostris
(J. E. Gray, 1829) – Chile and SW Argentina.
22–30 cm; unsexed 154–225 g. Distinctive gallinule, in shape resembling more a large Porzana crake than Gallinula; black face, grey and olive... read more
Common call is hollow cackling, resembling sudden burst of hysterical laughter, the notes beginning... read more
Ponds, ditches, marshes, lagoons, and lake margins with often extensive floating-leaved vegetation... read more
Food and feeding
Food not described. Feeds mostly by swimming, picking food from floating vegetation or sometimes from water; seldom walks on marsh... read more
Colombia, Feb and Jun, but also breeds in other seasons; Chile, Oct–Nov (spring); SE Brazil, season prolonged, feathered young seen... read more
None recorded, but at Cape San Antonio, E Argentina, birds were first seen in Sept and were gone by... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common in SE Brazil, widespread in SW Brazil, Paraguay, E Bolivia and lowlands of N & C Argentina, and thought to be... read more
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