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Photo © by Stanley Jones
Entre Rios Province, Argentina, October, 2019
Aramides ypecaha


41–45 cm (16-17¾ in)

  • Olive upperparts
  • Chestnut hind neck
  • Black tail
  • Pale bluish-grey face and foreneck
  • Brownish-pink flanks and upper breast
  • Reddish-pink legs and iris
  • Bill: pale orange at the base through apple green to greyish yellow at the tip


South America: found in southeastern Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and northeastern Argentina.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Marshes, open wooded swamps. Fields and pastures near water.



There is not much information available about their diet. They appear to forage on the ground for insects and have been recorded as eating a snake.


The clutch contains four or 5 eggs. The nest is constructed from grasses and reed stems, and placed about 1 m above the water.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Taylor, B. (2020). Giant Wood-rail (Aramides ypecaha). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/53641 on 18 January 2020).

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