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White-throated Rail

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Photo by peterdaySubspecies cuvieri  Vakona Forest Lodge, Madagascar, November 2016
Photo by peterday
Subspecies cuvieri
Vakona Forest Lodge, Madagascar, November 2016

Alternative name: Cuvier's Rail

Dryolimnas cuvieri

Includes Aldabra Rail


[edit] Identification

Photo by srchesterSubspecies aldabranus  Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles, Indian Ocean, 1989
Photo by srchester
Subspecies aldabranus
Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles, Indian Ocean, 1989

30–33 cm (11¾-13 in)

  • Bright chestnut head, neck and breast
  • White throat
  • Bill: dark, with dark red base in males; females have a pink base

[edit] Variations

D. c. aldabranus has short wings, as it is flightless.

[edit] Distribution

Madagascar and Aldabra.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Three subspecies are recognized:[1]

  • D. c. cuvieri - Madagascar, formerly Mauritius
  • D. c. abbotti - Extinct; Formerly Assumption Island
  • D. c. aldabranus - "Aldabra Rail"; Aldabra Island

[edit] Habitat

Lowlands and mangrove forests.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists mostly of invertebrates, such as small molluscs and ghost crabs. They also eat flies, termites and beetles.

[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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Dec 2017)
  3. ArKive

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