Return of Bird of the Week: Plumbeous Rail

“Plumbeous” means “lead-like,” and while the Plumbeous Rail’s body is dark grey, the bill and legs more than make up for the drab body.

Plumbeous Rail, Coastal Peru

Plumbeous Rail, Coastal Peru

It’s not the best quality photo, but it’s a high-quality bird.

It’s a widely distributed Rail, ranging from southern Ecuador to Tierra del Fuego. It’s also one of the easier rails to see; most are skulky and a few, like North America’s Black Rail, are near-impossible.

WC saw them at sea level and in marshes at 10,000 feet. A pretty amazing distribution.

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