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Galapagos Rail - BirdForum Opus

Photo by njlarsen
Isabela, Galapagos, August 2015

Alternative name: Galapagos Crake

Laterallus spilonota


Mostly gray, blackish-brown wings, rusty mantle. There are small white spots on the rear half. Eyes red, bill and legs dark.

Similar species

Paint-billed Crake has red legs and bi-colored bill. No other rail is expected in Galapagos.


Endemic to the Galapagos Islands


This is a monotypic species[1].


Grassy areas in humid highland


A skulker, unlikely to show itself unless you use playback


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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