French: Râle de Cuvier German: Cuvierralle Spanish: Rascón de Cuvier
Subspecies and Distribution
D. c. aldabranus
(Günther, 1879) – Aldabra Rail – Aldabra Is, in W Indian Ocean.
D. c. abbotti
(Ridgway, 1894) – Assumption I, in Aldabra Group (recently extinct).
D. c. cuvieri
(Pucheran, 1845) – White-throated Rail – Madagascar; formerly also Mauritius.
30–33 cm; volant race cuvieri, male 276 g, female 258 g; flightless race aldabranus, male 145–218 (189) g, female 138–223 (176) g. Fairly... read more
Rather vocal. Contact call a muffled staccato grunt “mp”, often followed by “yeah... read more
Inhabits a wide variety of diverse habitats on Madagascar: forest with luxuriant herbaceous ground... read more
Food and feeding
Diet consists chiefly of invertebrates, including small molluscs, ghost crabs and many types of insect, including flies, beetles, termites... read more
In Madagascar, possibly breeds mostly during rains, laying Oct, Feb, Mar, and breeding condition Nov, Jan; on Aldabra lays Dec. Monogamous... read more
On Aldabra populations may be transient to some degree, and large numbers of birds may be attracted... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Race aldabranus has been considered Rare. Abundant over much of range in Madagascar but generally appears to be rarer on... read more
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