Mangoverde :: World Bird Guide :: Rails, Gallinules and Coots :: Lord Howe Rail

Lord Howe Rail Gallirallus sylvestris

Described by: Sclater, P. L. (1869)
Alternate common name(s): Lord Howe Woodhen, Lord Howe Island Rail, Lord Howe Wood-rail, Gilbert Rail, Apaiang Rail
Old scientific name(s): Tricholimnas sylvestris, Rallus sylvestris, Gallirallus conditicius, Gallirallus conditicus


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Lord Howe Is.;
Restricted range;
Summits of Mt. Gower and Mt. Lidgbird. The Gilbert Rail was originally thought to have been collect on Apaiang Atoll in the Gilbert Is. Since this island has no suitable forested habitat, it was subsequently thought probably to have come from Ebon Is. in the sw. Marshall Is. However, neither location may be correct, and the specimen may be a misslabeled individual from Lord Howe Is.


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Clements, James F. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Company, 2000.


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