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Giant wood-rail

Aramides ypecaha

While most rails are shy and inhabit thick vegetation, the Giant wood-rail lives along marshes and rivers, and can often be seen completely out in the open, walking slowly along the mud.

Interesting fact: Giant wood-rail are often hunted for food and are affected by the loss of their habitat. They are not very good at flight but make up for it by running very fast!


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Habitat & threats

The Giant wood-rail inhabits gallery forest, tropical and subtropical marshes and wetlands, and is typical in the large wetlands of Iberá and Entre Rios. They are often hunted for food and are affected by the loss of their habitat.



They eat a variety of foods including crustaceans, small mammals, fruit and insects. This means that they are omnivorous. 


Breeding and social dynamics

They build a nest about 1 metre above water level of weeds and grasses in broken down shrubs and vegetation. The female lays between 4-5 eggs.



Part of a managed European breeding programme.