Russet-naped Wood-Rail

Beautiful Birds of Belize Blog – Post #8

By Jim Gain


  • Scientific Name: Aramides albiventris
  • Name in Spanish (Mexico): Colibrí Capucha Azul
  • Name in Mayan: Tutupana
  • ABA 4-Letter Bird Code: RNWR*
  • Family: Rallidae – Rails, Gallinules, and Coots
  • Order: Gruiformes – Rails, Sungrebe, Limpkin and Cranes
Russet-naped Wood-Rail Image © Jim Gain

About this Bird

The humid forests of Central and South America are home to the Russet-naped Wood-Rail (Aramides albiventris). It is frequently observed in Belize’s mangrove swamps and lowland rainforests, where it consumes a wide range of invertebrates and small animals. This bird is recognized for both its loud and unusual sounds as well as its remarkable look, which includes a patch of russet color on the nape of its neck.

Russet-naped Wood-Rail Image © Jim Gain

Russet-naped Wood-Rails are known to construct nests on the ground or in low foliage and are frequently found close to water sources including rivers, streams, and wetlands. They are gregarious birds and frequently hang out in pairs or small groups. Due to habitat degradation and hunting pressure in some regions, the Russet-naped Wood-Rail is nevertheless regarded as a conservation priority even though it is reasonably widespread throughout its range.

Russet-naped Wood-Rail Image © Jim Gain

Overall, the Russet-naped Wood-Rail is a fascinating and distinctive species of bird that is vital to the ecosystem of Belize’s wetlands and woodlands. Its distinctive appearance and calls make it a favorite among birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts alike.

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