The Grey Necked Wood Rail

Often spotted strolling through the restaurant and gardens of the Harmony Hotel, the Grey Necked Wood Rail is actually quite furtive and shy by nature.  More often heard than seen, these birds usually sing at dusk during wet and cloudy weather, and their distinct calls have been charmingly described in the book, Birds of Costa Rica, as “bringing to mind a group of drunken chickens.”  Sporting a yellow bill, red eyes, and of course, grey neck, they are easy to recognize.  But, stay cool around them:  if alarmed or a little suspicious, their long red legs will carry them quickly out of sight.

Image: Hans Hillewaert

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