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Blue-faced Rail - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Bare-faced Rail; Bald-faced Rail

Gymnocrex rosenbergii


30 cm

  • underparts including tail and face black
  • hind neck, mantle and wings deep chestnut brown often barely contrasting with underparts
  • eye surrounded by bright blue bare skin, most extensive behind the eye
  • short heavy bill, dirty yellow with dusky culmen
  • eye red
  • legs and feet dark grey


Sulawesi and Peleng Islands. South East Asia: Indonesia: Greater Sundas.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Lowland primary and secondary moist forests, moist shrubby abandoned rice fields, and rivers.



They can fly short distances.


They are believed to eat insects and snails, but very little else is known.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2014)
  3. Wikipedia
  4. BirdLife International

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