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Aramides cajaneus

Gray-necked Wood-Rail

  • Order: Gruiformes
  • Family: Rallidae

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

Aramides cajanea

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, Belize; 21 February 2010 © Jerry Oldenettel

The Gray-necked Wood-Rail is a large Rallid distributed from Argentina north to Mexico.  It is usually secretive but occasionally roams in the open near the edges of wetlands or mangroves.  The species is quite vocal in the early morning when it makes its presence known with a crazed series of squealing, yelping phrases.  Gray-necked Wood-Rails are quite striking in appearance with olive-brown above and rusty and black below with a gray head and neck, stocky yellow bill, and reddish legs and feet.

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Recommended Citation

Ramos-Ordoñez, M.F., C. Rodríguez-Flores, C. Soberanes-González & M.C. Arizmendi. 2010. Gray-necked Wood-Rail (Aramides cajaneus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal/species/overview?p_p_spp=137556

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.

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  • Primary Habitat:Flooded tropical evergreen forest
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  • IUCN Status:Near Threatened