Blackish Rail (Pardirallus nigricans)

Order: Gruiformes  | Family: Rallidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Curitiva, Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Pereira, Colombia

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Intervales, Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Colombia

Identification & Behavior: ~28.5 cm (11.2 cm). The Blackish Rail has brownish upperparts and backside of the neck. The head, neck, and underparts are gray.  The legs are red and the bill is yellow-green and long.  It is very similar to Plumbeous Rail, but their ranges do not overlap. Juveniles of both species are rather similar. See juvenile Plumbeous Rail.

Status: The Blackish Rail appears to be rare and local. It occurs in lowland Amazonian forest in Madre de Dios and along the foothill of the Andes towards northern Peru. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Rascón Negruzco.

Sub-species: Blackish Rail (Pardirallus nigricans nigricans) Vieillot, 1819.

Meaning of Name: Pardirallus: Gr. pardos= leopard; and rallus= in reference to the genus Rallus. nigricans: L. nigricans, nigrare, niger= blackened, black.

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Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 01/01/2015.