French: Râle concolore German: Einfarbralle Spanish: Cotara café
Subspecies and Distribution
A. c. concolor
(Gosse, 1847) – Jamaica (recently extinct).
A. c. guatemalensis
(Lawrence, 1863) – S Mexico S to NW Ecuador (Esmeraldas).
A. c. castaneus
(Pucheran, 1851) – N Venezuela, the Guianas, N, W & E Brazil (and patchily in cerrado and Mato Grosso#R), E Ecuador and E Peru; also recorded locally in Bolivia (Alto Madidi in La Paz, and Buena Vista in Santa Cruz).
20–23 cm; 1 male 133 g, unsexed mean 95 g. Sexes alike. An entirely brown to rufous brown bird; superficially resembles a diminutive Aramides species in build... read more
Loud, arresting whistled calls, reminiscent of Aramides. Song is series of 6–20... read more
Forested swamps, moist and flooded forests, damp ravines, and heavy vine-tangled thickets along... read more
Food and feeding
Earthworms, insects, spiders, small frogs and lizards; also seeds and berries. Normally remains in cover; forages deliberately, walking... read more
Costa Rica, breeding condition Jul, most song Aug–Dec, one probable nest Nov; Pearl Is (Panama), eggs found (possibly of this species... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Formerly considered to be locally distributed; by 1970s guatemalensis was regarded as very rare except in NE Costa Rica,... read more
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