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Giant Wood-rail

Aramides ypecaha

Gruiformes - Rallidae - Rails, moorhens & coots

Giant Wood-rail - Chicks

© Leigh Catherick

Giant Wood-rail - ChicksGiant Wood-rail - 4 weeks old

Distribution: E & SE Brazil, Paraguay and NE Argentina

Habitat: Open marshes, lightly wooded swampy areas, fields and pastures near water and cover.

Diet: Captive diet; insect larvae, eggs, minced meat, apple and meal.

Breeding: Nest of grasses and weed stems, about 30cm in diameter, built 1 + meter above water, in a shrub or broken down vegetation.

Clutch size: 4 - 5 eggs

Incubation: 24 days - by both sexes

Rearing: Chicks leave nest after 3 -4 days, fed & cared for by both parents for 8-9 weeks.


Protocol from Leigh Catherick

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Protocol established 2012
Used on 7 individuals
Success rate 100.00%


Protocol used for at least 5 individuals with over 75% success*
Used by 2 or more institutions 
Points on minimizing imprinting 
Birds went on to produce fertile eggs 
Birds went on to successfully parent rear 

Warning points
Do not overfeed - will result in leg problems

Please keep us up-to-date and contact us with your own updates or new protocols for rearing the Giant Wood-rail.


Del Hoya, J., Elliott, A. & Sargatal, J. eds. (1996). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol3. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

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