[Tweeters] MEGA-RBA

Matthew Dufort matt.dufort at gmail.com
Fri Feb 26 15:03:54 PST 2016



>From a quick search, these are more common in captivity than you might

expect. That seems like the most likely source, though I don't see any
bands or other tags in the photos, which I'd expect on most (but not
all) captive birds.

One other possibility: if there's shipping traffic between Vancouver and
this bird's native range, it's possible that it could have hopped a ride.
For example, there are a number of eBird reports from a park not far from
the port area of Buenos Aires. These birds have varied diets, and one might
be able to survive for an extended time on a ship.

However it got where it is, it's exceedingly unlikely that one would get to
the Pacific Northwest without human assistance of some kind. It would
still be cool to see, though!

Matt Dufort
Seattle

On Friday, February 26, 2016, Wilson Cady <gorgebirds at juno.com
<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','gorgebirds at juno.com');>> wrote:


> >From the feedback I am receiving this is a Giant Wood-Rail, a bird from

> Brazil. This must be an escapee, but who keeps Wood-Rails as pets?

>

>

> Wilson Cady

> Columbia River Gorge, WA

>

>

> ---------- Original Message ----------

> From: "Wilson Cady" <gorgebirds at juno.com>

> To: tweeters at u.washington.edu, obol at freelists.org

> Cc:

> Subject: [Tweeters] MEGA-RBA

> Date: Fri, 26 Feb 2016 15:15:34 GMT

>

>

>

> Last night I received a photo of a bird that was seen in a backyard in

> Vancouver, WA, on 2-25-16. The photo was given to the owner of a wild bird

> supply store and he sent it to me. Unfortunately I have no other details or

> even contact information for the original observer. From what I can deduce

> it is a GRAY-NECKED WOOD-RAIL I POSTED THE PHOTO ON THE Washington Birding

> facebook site, here is a link to that photo.

>

>

> https://www.facebook.com/Washington-Birding-137712199682582/

>

> Wilson Cady

> Columbia River Gorge, WA

>

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