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Giant wood rail

Aramides ypecaha

The South American Guaraní people call this bird the OO-PEE-KA-HA which imitates the sound of its call. The giant wood rail has a very loud voice. Typically, it is very noisy at first light, declaring its territory and trying to attract a mate. When more than on bird starts calling, the sound can be deafening.

While most rails are shy and inhabit thick vegetation, the giant wood rail lives along marshes and rivers and can often be seen in the open, walking along the mud banks.

Animal class


Conservation status

The IUCN does not believe that the giant wood rail is facing extinction in the near future. They are listed under Appendix II of CITES.


Forest and wetlands/marsh


It is believed that the population is declining.


Omnivore. Giant wood rails eat seeds, fruit, molluscs and spiders.