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Rufous-necked Wood-Rail

Aramides axillaris

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Elusive, chickenlike rail of mangroves, less often occurs in freshwater marshes. Slightly smaller than a Common Gallinule. Usually seen walking among mangrove roots, at times coming out in the open on muddy flats. Like most rails, can be trusting if you watch quietly and don’t move. Note bright rusty neck and breast, black flanks and undertail coverts, long yellowish bill, and pink legs (often sullied by mud).

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