Family Rails, Gallinules, Coots (Rallidae)

Near Threatened

Tsingy Wood-rail (Mentocrex beankaensis)


French: Râle des tsingy German: Tsingyralle Spanish: Rascón del Tsingy

Mentocrex beankaensis

S. M. Goodman, Raherilalao and Block

, 2011,

Forêt de Beanka, Maintirano, north-western Madagascar


Known from a single adult male and a downy young female. Has been treated as a race of M. kioloides#R. Morphologically and genetically distinct from latter, having overall larger size, notably in tarsus, wing and tail (no overlap, but sample of beankaensis only 1) (1); smaller white throat patch (1); rufous extending onto cheek and ear-coverts (3); duller coloration of face and crown (2). Monotypic.

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Lowland CW Madagascar, including portions of Bemaraha and Beanka Massifs.

Descriptive notes

c. 30 cm; wing of single adult male 142 mm, distinctly larger than that of M. kioloides. Forehead to nape and lores are dark, dull smoke-grey and dark greyish-brown... read more


Not recorded.


Limestone karst with rock pinnacles (known as “tsingy”), at 100–320 m; found in canyons bordered by... read more

Food and feeding

No information. Secretive.


No information.


Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in West Malagasy Dry Forest EBA. Occupies very limited range, probably c... read more

Recommended citation

Fjeldså, J. & de Juana, E. (2020). Tsingy Wood-rail (Mentocrex beankaensis). 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 1 April 2020).