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Lewin's Rail

(Lewinia pectoralis)
Alternate name(s): "Lewin Water-rail", "Slate-breasted Rail", "Short-toed Rail", "Pectoral Rail"
Aboriginal name(s): Race "clelandi" (SW WA; extinct): "nooni"

Size: 21-25 cm
Weight: 75-100 g

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Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Lewin's Rail at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Race "pectoralis"



Lateral view of a male(?) Lewin's Rail - note the conspicuous chestnut on crown and neck (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[South Maroubra, Sydney, NSW, January 2017]


Near-lateral view of a female(?) Lewin's Rail - note how this bird's crown and neck are duller than above
(photo courtesy of C. Charles)
[Triangle Pond, Homebush, Sydney, NSW, January 2009]


While Buff-banded Rails can sometimes be seen out in the open, Lewin's Rails are very secretive and will usually stay in dense vegetation in swampy areas.

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