Talk:Galapagos crake

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Flightless?[edit]

I red the article and it says the Galapagos Rail is a nearly flightless species, but can you describe that or give more information about it? I mean if it actually "flies" how does it (if it glides, flutter, or flies poorly). Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by 152.170.239.192 (talk) 20:01, 18 December 2017 (UTC)

Can't tell; the IUCN page talks about "weak flying ability", which I would interpret as capable of escape flights but only for short distances. Not sure if our article should really state "nearly flightless" on that basis. --Elmidae (talk · contribs) 17:09, 19 December 2017 (UTC)

Oiseaux Birds has an article about Galapagos Crake and it states that the bird will occasionally fly but usually runs. I had the same doubt about Gough Moorhen (Gallinula Comeri) and what the page says about if it flies or not it's actually a fact, so perhaps we should consider it a reliable source. So the information provided by Oiseaux Birds and the IUCN let us know that probably Galapagos Rail runs rather than flying but it stills able to fly only for not very long distances. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 152.170.237.23 (talk) 12:50, 20 December 2017 (UTC)

Well! 152.170.237.23, the Oiseaux page actually contained a link to an excellent source: Ecology and Behavior of the Galapagos Rail by Franklin et al., found here. There's a lot of information in there including a paragraph about flight observations. Apparently they can do a few meters and then land again very smartly. A bird tossed up actually bonked right down without trying to fly. So yeah - "almost flightless" about covers it :) Updated the article a little. --Elmidae (talk · contribs) 14:15, 20 December 2017 (UTC)

Important stuff! I'm not pretty sure if Galapagos Crake should be added in flightless birds article's list, because (based on the new information) its flight is comparable with Okinawa Rail's one instead of Kagu's one or anothers. Unfortunately I didn't find information about its keel or another important anatomy to label it as a flightless bird or not. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 152.170.237.23 (talk) 15:54, 20 December 2017 (UTC)