Austral Rail Rallus antarcticus

Family: Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, Coots)

Authority: King, 1828

Red List Category

Criteria: C2a(i)

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Justification of Red List category
Until 1998, there were only three records of this species since 1900, and none since 1959. Surveys have now found it to be more widespread and numerous than previously feared. The known population remains small, fragmented and probably declining, qualifying it as Vulnerable. However, the voice was only determined in 1998, and further surveys may find it with some regularity, potentially resulting in a future downlisting to Near Threatened.

Population size: 2500-9999

Population trend: Decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 518,000 km2

Country endemic: No

Land-mass type - continent
Realm - Neotropical
IUCN Ecosystem -- Freshwater biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Species factsheet: Rallus antarcticus. Downloaded from on 06/12/2021. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2021) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 06/12/2021.