IUCN threat status:

Endangered (EN)

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Biology

On the small number of occasions that the Sakalava rail has been recorded feeding, it was observed walking on top of floating vegetation, catching invertebrates from the water's surface and the sub-surface plant roots. If disturbed, adult birds cease to feed and will climb the surrounding reeds to heights of around 1.5 metres, whilst the juveniles disappear amongst the bases of surrounding reed clumps. Locals report that the Sakalava rail normally lays two clutches in a season. Nesting birds have been observed around March and the clutch size is probably two (2) (3).

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