November 14, 2017 – Paint-billed Crake (Neocrex erythrops)

These crakes are found mostly in wet grassy areas in a spotty range from Costa Rica south to northern Argentina, including the Galapagos Islands. Known as a mysterious species, they can be difficult to observe, but have been found outside of their usual range somewhat frequently. Their diet is not well known, but they likely eat insects, millipedes, and seeds. Little is known about their nesting habits, though incubating parents often remain on the nest until the last moment when approached, helping to camouflage the eggs.