General Description

Upper body mottled olive-black, top of head and back of neck red-brown. Throat and breast dark olive, rest of underparts black with thin white stripes. Bill red-brown with a black tip. Juveniles duller with more streaking on the head. Body up to 24 cm long.


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


South-eastern mainland Australia and Tasmania.


Coastal saltwater areas, also freshwater wetlands and swamps.

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