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Aramides axillaris

Rufous-necked Wood-Rail

  • Order: Gruiformes
  • Family: Rallidae

Authors: Ramos-Ordoñez, M.F., C. Rodríguez-Flores, C. Soberanes-González & M.C. Arizmendi


The Americas

It distributes from central Mexico to Ecuador and Suriname. In Guatemala registrations were confirmed in 2003 with a population of less than 50 individuals. In Mexico it is found on the Pacific coast, has been registered in Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco and Guerrero, also locally in the Yucatan Peninsula.

It is a resident species, frequent to common, their status is uncertain in Guatemala. Its distributional range has been calculated in approximately 340,000 km2, and global population has not been quantified.

Outside the Americas

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It frequents flooded areas covered with mangrove and swamp forests. It has been reported from sea level to 100 m.

Historical changes

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Fossil history

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Recommended Citation

Ramos-Ordoñez, M.F., C. Rodríguez-Flores, C. Soberanes-González & M.C. Arizmendi. 2010. Rufous-necked Wood-Rail (Aramides axillaris), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.