Rails, Gallinules and Coots (Rallidae)

Woodford's Rail (Nesoclopeus woodfordi) - HBW 3, p. 161

French: Râle de Woodford German: Salomonenralle Spanish: Rascón de las Salomón
Other common names: Solomons Rail

Taxonomy: Rallina Woodfordi Ogilvie-Grant, 1889, Aola, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.
Sometimes placed in Rallina or even Rallus, but Nesoclopeus differs in structural characters, and may provide link between Rallina and Gallirallus. Forms superspecies with N. poecilopterus, with which may be conspecific. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • tertius Mayr, 1949 - Bougainville I.
  • immaculatus Mayr, 1949 - Santa Isabel I.
  • woodfordi (Ogilvie-Grant, 1889) - Guadalcanal I.

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