French: Grébifoulque d’Amérique German: Zwergbinsenralle Spanish: Avesol americano
DNA analysis suggests possible link between present species and Aramidae. Monotypic.
26–33 cm; 120–153 g. Unmistakable. Smallest member of Heliornithidae; lacks the stiffened rectrices of Podica and Heliopais; white tip to tail... read more
Song is a series of deep, hollow, honking notes, rendered either “ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh... read more
Forest streams and rivers, especially quiet backwaters; also freshwater lakes and ponds. Typically... read more
Food and feeding
Little known. Mostly takes aquatic insects (adults and larvae), including dragonflies; ants, beetles and spiders that have fallen into the... read more
Males reported to be more territorial during spring breeding season in N of range; elsewhere probably related to rains; laying Jun–... read more
Local resident. No indication of migration, but birds may turn up as accidentals outside normal... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Like other members of family, rarely observed so numbers unknown. Wide distribution, with apparently low population density. Suitable... read more
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