ASH-THROATED CRAKE Porzana albicollis
In crake terms this is a large and easy to see species, in terms of other bird groups it would be considered a small and secretive wetland inhabitant! Like many members of the rail family the species is best detected by voice, particularly during their early evening choruses. European birders may be reminded of Baillon┤s (P.pusilla) or Little Crake (P.parva) when they see this species, this being the Paraguayan representative of the same group.
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FIGURE 1 - Adult found dead lateral view, Asunciˇn, Departamento Central (Alberto Esquivel January 2008).
FIGURE 2 - Same individual (Alberto Esquivel January 2008).
FIGURE 3 - Same individual head detail (Alberto Esquivel January 2008).
FIGURE 4 - Same individual upperwing (Alberto Esquivel January 2008).
FIGURE 5 - Same individual underwing (Alberto Esquivel January 2008).
FIGURE 6 - Adult, Estancia Laguna Blanca, Departamento San Pedro (Paul Smith December 2009).
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Porzana albicollis
1 Calls at dusk recorded Aguara-Đu, Mbaracay˙ Biosphere Reserve, Departamento Canindey˙ (Juan Mazar Barnett October 1997).
2 Duet recorded Aguara-Đu, Mbaracay˙ Biosphere Reserve, Departamento Canindey˙ (Juan Mazar Barnett November 1997).
3 Response to playback recorded Estancia Laguna Blanca, Departamento San Pedro (Paul Smith December 2009).
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