White-throated rail

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White-throated rail
Dryolimnas cuvieri Museum de Genève.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Gruiformes
Family: Rallidae
Genus: Dryolimnas
Species: D. cuvieri
Binomial name
Dryolimnas cuvieri
(Pucheran, 1845)

The white-throated rail (Dryolimnas cuvieri) or Cuvier's rail is a species of bird in the family Rallidae. It is found in Comoros, Madagascar, Mayotte, and Seychelles. A flightless subspecies, Dryolimnas cuvieri aldabranus (Aldabra rail), inhabits Aldabra, while another, D. c. abbotti (Assumption rail), from Assumption went extinct in the early 20th century due to introduced predators.

It is now the last living member of the genus Dryolimnas and believed to be the last flightless bird in the Indian Ocean.[2] Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Dryolimnas cuvieri". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/9348334.stm

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