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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



28 cm. 275 g. Iris red. Greenish yellow bill. Head, neck, chest and upper belly bright rufous. White throat. Dull olive-green back with a triangular gray patch on base of nape. Feathers that cover undertail barred black and white; outer flight feathers rufous. Rump, feathers that cover uppertail and tail feathers black. Gray vent. Legs coral-red. Males and females are similar. Immature has crown dull grayish-brown; sides of head pale gray; throat grayish-buff; neck and underparts grayish-brown, gray match on nape darker, more extensive.

Similar Species

Uniform Crake (Amaurolimnas concolor) is smaller, shorter bill and legs, reddish brown body plumage; is rare in mangroves. Gray-necked Wood-Rail (Aramides cajanea) has gray head and neck, cinnamon on chest and upper belly; black on lower belly, flanks and tail.


It emits a pik-pik-pik or pyok-pyok-pyok.

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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: