Calayan Rail

The Calayan Rail is one of the 20 known extant flightless rails. It is small and dark brown, with a distinctive orange-red bill and legs, and utters loud, harsh calls. Its habitat seems to be restricted to forests on coralline limestone areas on Calayan and extends to a total of less than 100 km². Biologists estimate that there may be 200 pairs on the island.

The Calayan Rail is classified as Vulnerable (VU), considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild.

The Calayan Rail (Gallirallus calayanensis) is a flightless bird of the rail, moorhen, and coot family (Rallidae) that inhabits Calayan Island in the Philippines. Though well-known to natives of the island as the "piding", it was first observed by ornithologist Carmela Española in May 2004 and the discovery officially announced on August 16, 2004. The formal description as a species new to science appeared in the journal Forktail (Allen et al. 2004). The Calayan Rail is one of the 20 known extant flightless rails. More

The Calayan Rail Gallirallus calayanensis is a bird species endemic to the tiny island of Calayan in the Babuyan group of islands in northern Philippines, where it is referred to as Piding (PEE-ding) by locals. Recently discovered in 2004, this almost flightless bird is currently listed as "Vulnerable" under the 2006 IUCN Red List. Threats to the species include hunting, habitat loss as well as introduced predators. The Calayan Rail Project was conceived to ensure a future for the Piding. More

Calayan rail Des AllenSafe for now: The Calayan rail An international expedition has found a bird species new to science on a remote island in the northern Philippines. The team of Filipino and UK researchers discovered the bird, a rail, living by a stream in the forests of Calayan. They think the birds number only about 200 pairs at most, and since they are found nowhere else they might soon be at risk from development pressures. More

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the drastic loss of biodiversity, the discovery of the Calayan Rail in one of the most fragile habitats in the archipelago is a sign of hope that it More

The Calayan Rail's genus, Gallirallus, includes many species of Southwest Pacific islands, of which the most familiar in the English-speaking world is the Weka of New Zealand. Its species name was derived from the name of the island. Due to its recent discovery, little further information on this species is available at this time. Copyright: Wikipedia. This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from Wikipedia. More

Calayan Rail Gallirallus calayanensis 2009 IUCN Red List Category (as evaluated by BirdLife International - the official Red List Authority for birds for IUCN): Vulnerable Justification This recently described species has been listed as Vulnerable, as it has a very small population and a very small known range. At present it is not known to be declining, but if any evidence of a decline emerges, then it will warrant uplisting to Critically Endangered. More

"The discovery of the Calayan Rail is a wonderful demonstration that the world has much to reveal to us yet. However, these newly discovered species are nearly always at risk from human influence, because most are on islands or mountains, where their ranges are naturally quite small. The Calayan Rail is another species that we have discovered just in time, another case for long-term care by human society. More

This means the Calayan Rail faces a More

loud, rasping call to determine that the Calayan Rail is new to science. Calayan Rail (Courtesy Des Allen & BirdLife International) Calayan Rail (Courtesy Des Allen & BirdLife International) Conservationists estimate there are probably up to 200 pairs of the birds, known locally as "pidings," in the area. The crow-sized species is likely flightless, according to scientists at the British conservation group BirdLife International. More

Calayan Rail in 2004. More

and coots, many of which are migratory birds, but the Calayan rail is flightless, or nearly so. Its scientific name is Gallirallus calayanensis. The bird is new to science, but it is well known to the local people, who call it by the name "piding." rail The Calayan rail (Photo � Des Allen courtesy BirdLife International) Espa�ola's discovery occurred on May 11. More

from the Ryukyu Islands in Japan, the Calayan Rail does not have a white stripe below the eye and black white barring in its underparts, said Gonzalez, who is one of the authors of the scientific paper describing the new species. Apart from Española and Gonzales, other expedition members included Oriental bird specialist Desmond Allen (British), Harvey John Garcia, Marisol Pedegrosa, Mark Anthony Reyes and Amado Bajarias Jr. Most of the team are members of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines. More

Calayan Island were astounded to see the biggest Calayan Rail that ever walked the island. The bird had the usual red beak and legs and dark body but it donned a green scarf and a native hat. It is not a giant anomaly of nature, but a lovable and cuddly mascot named Pedring. Read more... More

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Calayan Rail: New bird discovered in Babuyan Islands By Patty Adversario. For biologists, there are few things quite as exciting as discovering a new species. And though it has been said that the Philippines is one of the most gifted countries in the world in term of biodiversity, there are few things that demonstrate this fact quite as well as the discovery of a new form of life right here on our shores. More

The scientists who discovered the Calayan rail were very happy. One of them said, “I felt sure the Babuyan Islands would hold some interesting discoveries. But I did not expect to find a totally new species!” Voice 2 The scientists hope that this discovery makes people realize how special the Babuyan Islands are. They hope that people will see the islands as a place of great biological diversity. More

A Calayan Rail is held after its discovery by Filipino and British wildlife researchers on the tiny forested island of Calayan in the northern Philippines, in this undated image made available by the expedition. Unlike its close relative the moorhen, the Calayan rail is 'almost certainly flightless' and may be new to science, the British conservation group BirdLife International said Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004. More

A Calayan Rail is held after its discovery by Filipino and British wildlife researchers on the tiny forested island of Calayan in the northern Philippines. More

Calayan Rail - Definition = Calayan rail Conservation status: See text Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves Order: Gruiformes Family: Rallidae Genus: Gallirallus Species: calayanensis Binomial name More

Order : Gruiformes
Family : Rallidae
Genus : Gallirallus
Species : calayanensis
Authority : Allen, Oliveros, Espanola, Broad & Gonzalez, 2004