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Plain-flanked Rail - BirdForum Opus

Rallus wetmorei


24-27 cm. This bird is mainly brown, but its crown is olive-brown. It has a fawn supercilium and its lores are dark grey. Its face, upper parts and tail are brown with black-brown streaks. Its chin is white, its throat is buff, and its underbelly is pinky-buff with greyer, unbarred flanks. Its bill is olive, straight and slender. Its legs are olive brown in colour.


The north coast of Venezuela. Endangered (only known to occur in 5 sites).


  • A monotypic species.
  • Formerly lumped within Mangrove Rail, R. longirostris.


Coastal mangroves, and shallow saltwater.


Nests in mangrove (often black mangrove) within 1 m from water.


  1. Rodriguez-Ferraro et al. 2012.

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