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Blackish Rail

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Pardirallus nigricans


[edit] Identification

27–29 cm (10½-11½ in)

  • Yellow base of bill
  • Whitish throat patch

[edit] Similar Species

Similar to Plumbeous Rail, which has a red bill base and lacks the white throat patches.

[edit] Distribution

South America: found from Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru to Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • P. n. caucae:
  • P. n. nigricans:

[edit] Habitat

High elevation marshes and bogs. Observed at heights around 1,300 m.

[edit] Behaviour


[edit] Diet

There is no information, but it is presumed they eat insects and invertebrates.

[edit] Breeding

They construct a nest using aquatic grasses, on or near the ground in tall damp grass.

[edit] Vocalisation

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Recording by Andrew Whitehouse

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. BF Member observations
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Jan 2018)

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