A large, long-billed rail with a bright chestnut head, neck, and back, olive-colored wings, a black rump and tail, and a gray undercarriage. Note the pinkish-red bare skin around the eye. Legs pinkish-red and bill olive. Pairs or small groups inhabit swampy riverside areas and lowland and hill forest. Very shy. In Aru Islands, overlaps with the much larger Chestnut Rail, but can be distinguished by reddish legs, chestnut head color, and black tail. Gives a dramatic, deep bellowing “kyow-kyow” call and piglike grunts.
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