Project Noah

Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.

Join Project Noah Today

Grey-necked wood rail

Aramides cajanea


Birds seen hiding among the plants that surrounded the fresh water lagoon; at times they came out of the plants looking for food but they seemed precaucious - maybe quite frightened - with noises and movements around them. They were between the plants, in its shadows most of the time. Some of the birds were spotted right next to the lagoon, the other - the more bleuish one - seemed to have the nest further away, but near still. Although the colours are a bit different, they seem to be the same sort of bird....which I don´t know...

1 species ID suggestions

XXD17 6 years ago
Grey-necked wood rail


patty 6 years ago

For me, these ones were around the size of a chicken, not more; a bit bigger than a lapwing. If I had to choose, I would use logic and therefore I wouldn´t go for the "giant" at the front; but well, sometimes things are not as logical as we may imagine, or follow other logics.... Greetings =)

I found this for Giant Wood Rail:
it says 48cm length.
All I have found for Grey-necked Wood Rail is "size of a chicken"!
Female chicken is 41-46 cm, male much longer due to its tail.
Lapwing is only about 30 cm.
Going by the above there is little difference in size
By the way, Egrets come in many different sizes, from 45 cm to 100 cm!
As you say, most of the information is not too detailed.

patty 6 years ago

I was checking both the grey-necked wood rail and the giant wood rail and the pictures are very similar and the information is not too detailed; what are the main differences you are lookin for? Maybe as I saw them I sort of remember them...Is size one of the differences? These birds were medium sized to small...much smaller than an egret, maybe a little bit more than an adult lipwing size...Greetings

patty 6 years ago

Hello Malcolm, yes it may be... the pictures were all taken at the Laguna del Sauce but in different places; the first one and the video next to the lagoon and the middle one in the forest. The first ones are brown and the middle one sort of bluish, maybe that makes a difference...I thought the two were more or less the same and that is why I uploaded them together...glad you and Liam can tell the difference =); thank you very much both.

Hi Patty, looking at these birds, the second one is almost certainly a Giant Wood Rail based on the colours. Liam has been looking also but he is colour-blind, so uses details which we tend to ignore, but he says they could all be Giant. Will let you know if we come to a positive conclusion.

patty 6 years ago

Thank you very much Xiaoxuan =)


Lat: -34.96, Long: -54.95

Spotted on Apr 3, 2012
Submitted on Apr 3, 2012

Related spottings

Slaty-Breasted Wood-Rail Saracura Grey-necked Wood Rail Gray-necked wood-rail

Nearby spottings

Ostrero americano (American oystercatcher) Fuschia Velvet ant Sauce llorón (Weeping willow)