Plumbeous Rail Pardirallus sanguinolentus
Chilean name: Pidén
Plumbeous Rail, Caulin, Chiloe, Chile, November 2005 - click for larger image Chile

The Plumbeous Rail is distributed from Peru across to south-east Brazil and south to Tierra del Fuego. It is found in marshes and ponds surrounded by dense vegetation but is relatively easy to see.

Plumbeous Rail, Caulin, Chiloe, Chile, November 2005 - click for larger image It is large with a long decurved bill which is green and sky blue on the maxilla while the mandible has a reddish base.

These photos are of the sub-species P. s. landbecki which is the second largest race with an unmottled back and paler upperparts.

Plumbeous Rail, Caulin, Chiloe, Chile, November 2005 - click for larger image There are some recordings at xeno-canto.
Juvenile Plumbeous Rail, Vichuquén, Chile, November 2005 - click for larger image Photo 4 shows a juvenile bird with brown plumage, a buffy-white chin and black bill, legs and feet.
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