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Pardirallus nigricans


27–29 cm (10½-11½ in)

  • Yellow base of bill
  • Whitish throat patch

Similar Species

Similar to Plumbeous Rail, which has a red bill base and lacks the white throat patches.


South America: found from Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru to Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina.



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • P. n. caucae:
  • P. n. nigricans:


High elevation marshes and bogs. Observed at heights around 1,300 m.




There is no information, but it is presumed they eat insects and invertebrates.


They construct a nest using aquatic grasses, on or near the ground in tall damp grass.


Recording by Andrew Whitehouse


  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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. BF Member observations
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Jan 2018)

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