PORT PHILLIP BAY


Lewin's Rail 

Lewinia pectoralis

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Gruiformes
Family:
Rallidae
Genus:
Lewinia
Species:
pectoralis

General Description

Upper body mottled green-black, top of head and back of neck red-brown. Throat and breast dark green, rest of underparts striped black and white. Bill red-brown with a black tip. Body up to 24 cm long.

Biology

Lewin's Rails are secretive, often remaining hidden in their habitat. They feed on crustaceans and molluscs.

Habitat

Coastal saltwater areas, also freshwater wetlands and swamps.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Eastern Australia.

Species Group

Birds Coots, rails and swamphens

Max Size

24 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

Yes

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Least Concern

Author

article author Longmore, N. W.

Wayne Longmore is a Senior Collection manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author O'Brien, R.

Rory O'Brien is a Collection Manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Longmore, N. W. & O'Brien, R., 2011, Lewin's Rail, Lewinia pectoralis, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 25 Sep 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7854

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