Red-winged Wood-Rail (Aramides calopterus)

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


Age: Digital Painting of Adult bird | Sex: Unknown

Identification & Behavior: ~33.5 cm (13 in). The Red-winged Wood-Rail has a gray throat, neck, and belly. The vent area and tail are black. The sides of the neck and wing coverts are rufous. The upperparts are rufous-olive. The legs are red and the bill is yellowish green. It is likely to occur with the widespread and common Gray-cowled Wood-Rail, but it is distinguished by having gray underparts and rufous sides of the neck.

Status: The Red-winged wood-Rail is apparently local and known from scattered locations in Peru. They favor swampy areas in Terra Firme forest including Mauritia flexuosa (Moriche) swamps. It also occurs in Ec and Br.

Name in Spanish: Rascón-Montés de Ala Rojiza.

Sub-species: Red-winged Wood-Rail (Aramides calopterus) Sclater,PL & Salvin, 1878.

Meaning of Name: Aramides: Gr. Aramos= a type of heron mentioned by Hesinquio (Greek mythology), and öides= similar. calopterus: Gr. calopterum, Kalos= beautiful and pteros= wing.

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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.