Bogota Rail Rallus semiplumbeus

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Despite ample evidence for high dispersal capabilities, rails often have extremely restricted ranges, and the Bogota Rail is no exception: this species is found only in savanna and paramo marshes in the temperate zone of the Eastern Andes of Colombia. Though highly localized, this species appears to have a healthy and stable population, but any developmental pressures on the habitat could affect it severely. Bogota Rail is closely related to Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) of North and South America, and to Austral Rail (Rallus antarcticus) of southern South America. Bogota Rail has two described subspecies, one from Colombia and another from Peru, though the latter subspecies has not been recorded in Peru since the initial collection of the type specimen in the 19th century and its status as a distinct taxon is dubious.

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  • Migration
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Recommended Citation

Bogota Rail (Rallus semiplumbeus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: