Auckland Islands Rail

The Auckland Rail is a small rail with chestnut back plumage and a grey breast. The flanks are barred black and white and the head is red-brown, with a red bill. It is smaller than the Australian Lewins' Rail. There are conflicting reports about its ability to fly, early accounts suggested it could, but recent researchers have found little evidence for this. If the species is able to fly it does so very infrequently. Auckland Rails have a variety of calls, the most common being a crex call made at one second intervals 10 or more times in a row. The function of the calls is unknown.

The Auckland Islands Rail is classified as Vulnerable (VU), considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild.

Auckland Islands Rail" Notornis 38(3): 199–209 External links - * BirdLife Species Factsheet. Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia. More

Order : Gruiformes
Family : Rallidae
Genus : Lewinia
Species : muelleri
Authority : (Rothschild, 1893)