Madagascar Rail Rallus madagascariensis

Family: Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, Coots)

Authority: Verreaux, 1833

Red List Category

Criteria: A3c+4c

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Justification of Red List category
This species is listed as Vulnerable because its population is small and undergoing a continuing decline owing to the accelerating destruction and modification of its wetland habitats. The population is suspected to undergo a moderately fast future decline.

Population size: 1600-6700

Population trend: Decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 249,000 km2

Country endemic: Yes

Realm - Afrotropical
Land-mass type - shelf island
IUCN Ecosystem -- Freshwater biome
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Rallus madagascariensis. Downloaded from on 08/02/2023. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 08/02/2023.