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Galapagos Rail Laterallus spilonota

  • Order: Gruiformes
  • Family: Rallidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Evan Hill

Diet and Foraging


Galapagos Rail is primarily insectivorous (Franklin et al. 1979). An analysis of five gut contents and ten fecal samples from Galapagos Rails revealed ants, dragonflies, moths, various hemipterans, isopods, spiders, amphipods, isopods, and snails in the diet (Franklin et al. 1979). Seeds from the shrub Miconia robinsoniana were found in one gut sample and seeds from an unidentified solanaceous berry were found in one juvenile collected on Santiago Island (Franklin et al. 1979). Galapagos Rail forages as it walks by darting its head from side to side, each time picking up and tossing aside leaf litter with its bill and pecking any invertebrate prey that was subsequently revealed (Franklin et al. 1979)./p>

Foraging Behavior

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Recommended Citation

Hill, E. (2013). Galapagos Rail (Laterallus spilonota), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.