IUCN threat status:

Endangered (EN)


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Range Description

Rallus wetmorei is restricted to a small stretch of the north coast of Venezuela, where it is known from, at most, nine localities - and only three in recent years - in east Falcón, north Carabobo and Aragua. It is extremely rare and very poorly known, but was probably at least locally common when discovered: 11 specimens were collected at Puerto Cabello/San Esteban in 1944-1945, and 11 at Tucacas in May 1951. It persists at Tucacas where at least six pairs were found in June 1999 (R. S. Ridgely in litt. 1999) and on the Morrocoy Peninsula where there have been regular sightings since 1999 (C. J. Sharpe in litt. 2011). The only other record for Falcón since the 1950s was an unconfirmed record at Cuare Faunal Refuge in 1986. In Carabobo, there are apparently recent sightings from Patanemo (Ascanio et al. 2008), 10 km east of Puerto Cabello. In Aragua, the most recent records are of a pair at Playa de Cata, 15 km east of La Ciénaga, in April 1991 (A. Fernández Badillo in litt. 1992), and a pair at Henri Pittier National Park in 1991 and 1993 (A. Fernandez Badillo per A. Lentino in litt. 1994). An observation of a bird at Las Peonias Lagoon near Maracaibo, Zulia in August 2000 (J. Colvée, cited in World Birdwatch 2001. 23(2):5) would be a significant range extension requiring verification.


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