Swinhoe's rail

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Swinhoe's rail
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Gruiformes
Family: Rallidae
Genus: Coturnicops
Species: C. exquisitus
Binomial name
Coturnicops exquisitus
(Swinhoe, 1873)

The Swinhoe's rail (Coturnicops exquisitus) is a species of bird in the family Rallidae. It is found in Manchuria and southeastern Siberia. Its natural habitats are swamps, freshwater lakes, freshwater marshes, and arable land. It is the world's smallest rail at 13 cm (5.2 in) and 24.5 grams. It is threatened by habitat loss.

The common name commemorates the British naturalist Robert Swinhoe.[2]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Coturnicops exquisitus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael (2003). Whose Bird? Men and Women Commemorated in the Common Names of Birds. London: Christopher Helm. pp. 331–332. 

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