Rufous-necked Wood-Rail (Aramides axillaris)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southwest Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southwest Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Pto Pizarro, Tumbes

Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Pto Pizarro, Tumbes

Identification & Behavior: ~30.1 in (12 in). The Rufous-necked Wood-Rail is rich rufous with olive-brown upperparts and a distinctive gray patch on the upper back. The vent and tail are black. The only other rail known to occurs in the mangrove forest of the department of Tumbes is the rare Clapper Rail. The color patterns of these two species are unlikely to be confused.

Status: The Rufous-necked Wood-Rail is fairly common in the Mangrove Forest of extreme northwest Peru. It also occurs in the semi-deciduous forest of Tumbes along creeks where it is rare. It also occurs in Co and Ec.

Name in Spanish: Rascón-Montés de Cuello Rufo.

Sub-species: Rufous-necked Wood-Rail (Aramides axillaris) Lawrence, 1863.

Meaning of Name: Aramides: Gr. Aramos= a type of heron mentioned by Hesinquio (Greek mythology), and öides= similar. axillaris: L. Axilla= the armpit, shoulder, or wing. Of the armpit.

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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.