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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

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Lewin's Rail at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "pectoralis"

ADULT

MALE

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]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Lewin's Rail - note how this bird's crown and neck are duller than above
(photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Banks Street Reserve, Ashgrove, Brisbane, QLD, November 2019]

Near-frontal view of a female Lewin's Rail (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Banks Street Reserve, Ashgrove, Brisbane, QLD, November 2019]

Near-lateral view of a female Lewin's Rail (photo courtesy of C. Charles)
[Triangle Pond, Homebush, Sydney, NSW, January 2009]

Lateral view of a female Lewin's Rail (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Banks Street Reserve, Ashgrove, Brisbane, QLD, November 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a female Lewin's Rail; this is the bird whose calls were recorded on 23 November 2019
(photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Banks Street Reserve, Ashgrove, Brisbane, QLD, November 2019]

Behaviour

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.

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

lewrail_me_20191123.m4a pectoralis
(SE QLD)
Contact calls + alarm? © ME
lewrail_me_20191123_3.m4a pectoralis
(SE QLD)
Alarm calls? © ME
lewrail_me_20191123_2.m4a pectoralis
(SE QLD)
Alarm calls? (+ Rainbow Lorikeet) © ME

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