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Parque do Zizo, Brazil.
Mustelirallus albicollis

Porzana albicollis


  • Brownish back with black and olive-brown streaks
  • Slate-grey underparts
  • Pale grey throat
  • Black tail
  • Lower flanks and under tail coverts barred black and white
  • Short bill

Sexes are alike.


This species is found in South America from Colombia to Argentina east of the Andes.


This is a polytypic species[1] consisting of 2 subspecies.

Placed in genus Mustelirallus by Clements.


  • M. a. typhoeca:
  • M. a. albicollis:


Swamps and areas of seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland.



Between 2 and 5 eggs are laid in a nest which is a large open bowl made out of dry grass, placed on the ground or just above and hidden between tree roots or by the grass.


The diet includes insects and insect larvae and grass seeds.


Recording by Andrew Whitehouse


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Wikipedia

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