Birds of Colombia

GREAT-NECKED WOOD-RAIL | CHILACOA

The grey-necked wood rail lives primarily in forests, mangroves, and swamps. It is occasionally hunted and kept for food. The chilacoa has both a gray head and gray neck. The upperparts are olive-green to dark brown. The back of the head has a brown patch. The chest and flanks are reddish, with the rump, and tail being black. The legs are coral-red, the beak is bright greenish-yellow, and the eyes are red. The sexes are similar. The juveniles can be differentiated by their duller appearance, and the chicks have a black, downy appearance, brown head, and black beak. It is a solitary bird but pairs can be found together throughout the year. During the breeding season from March to August, the gray-necked wood rail builds nests that can be found on flat branches and in thickets, usually at heights between 1 and 3 m (3 and 10 ft). In these nests, there is a clutch consisting of 3 to 7 eggs, incubated by both parents. The chicks that hatch move soon after hatching. This rail feeds on a wide range of foods, from invertebrates to seeds. It feeds on the feces of giant otters, too.

Ave parcialmente nocturna y reposa sobre perchas elevadas. Generalmente es furtiva, suspicaz y difícil de ver. Posee pico moderadamente grande, amarillento en la base y verdoso en el extremo, tiene ojos con anillo ocular desnudo y patas color rojo coral. La cabeza y cuello son grises con la garganta más pálida y la corona color café. Su parte superior es de color oliva a excepción del pecho y lados que son color canela; por otro lado, sus partes posteriores, incluído el abdomen, rabadilla y cola, son de coloración negra. Los jóvenes son de color más opaco con el pico y patas negras. Es muy común en selvas pantanosas, orillas de ríos, manglares y charcos cerca de bosques. En los manglares se alimenta de cangrejos. Camina en terreno abierto, pero siempre cerca de cubierta densa. Se puede ver sola, en pareja o en pequeños grupos, pero en la estacion seca, se puede ver en números mayores cerca de lugres húmedos. Pone de 3 a 7 huevos color crema pálido, punteados y manchados de café. El nido tiene forma de una taza profunda. Anida a una altura entre 1 y 7 m en enrredaderas o arbustos.

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Grey-necked Wood-rail | Chilacoa |
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Purple gallinule, Polla Azul, Porphyrio martinica


Grey-necked Wood-rail | Chilacoa |
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Purple gallinule, Polla Azul, Porphyrio martinica


Grey-necked Wood-rail | Chilacoa |
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Purple gallinule, Polla Azul, Porphyrio martinica


Grey-necked Wood-rail | Chilacoa |
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Purple gallinule, Polla Azul, Porphyrio martinica


Grey-necked Wood-rail | Chilacoa |
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Purple gallinule, Polla Azul, Porphyrio martinica


Grey-necked Wood-rail | Chilacoa |
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Purple gallinule, Polla Azul, Porphyrio martinica


Grey-necked Wood-rail | Chilacoa |
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Purple gallinule, Polla Azul, Porphyrio martinica


Grey-necked Wood-rail | Chilacoa |
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Purple gallinule, Polla Azul, Porphyrio martinica


Grey-necked Wood-rail | Chilacoa |
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