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Cyanolimnas cerverai (Zapata Rail)

Wikipedia Abstract

The Zapata rail (Cyanolimnas cerverai) is a medium-sized, dark-coloured rail, the only member of the monotypic genus Cyanolimnas. It has brown upperparts, greyish-blue underparts, a red-based yellow bill, white undertail coverts, and red eyes and legs. Its short wings render it almost flightless. It is endemic to the wetlands of the Zapata Peninsula in southern Cuba, where its only known nest was found in sawgrass tussocks. Little is known of its diet or reproductive behaviour, and its described calls may belong to a different species.
View Wikipedia Record: Cyanolimnas cerverai

Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
View IUCN Record: Cyanolimnas cerverai

EDGE Analysis

The Zapata Rail belongs to its own distinct genus Cyanolimnas and is part of the large Rallidae family, which is made up of over 150 species. Little is known about this rail’s breeding behavior or ecology as it tends to be very reclusive. Only one nest has ever been found, in 1975. The decline in Zapata Rail numbers is almost certainly due to introduced predators, particularly catfish and mongooses.
Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 9.23584
EDGE Score: 5.09848
View EDGE Record: Cyanolimnas cerverai


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Cuban wetlands Cuba Neotropic Flooded Grasslands and Savannas

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Ciénaga de Zapata National Park 1606900 Cuba  

Important Bird Areas

Name Location  IBA Criteria   Website   Climate   Land Use 
Ciénaga de Zapata Cuba A1, A2, A3, A4i

Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) Sites

Name  Location   Map   Climate   Land Use 
Ciénaga de Zapata Cuba

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Caribbean Islands Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks And Caicos Islands, Virgin Islands - British, Virgin Islands - U.S. Yes

Range Map


External References



Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
AZE sites provided by Alliance for Zero Extinction (2010). 2010 AZE Update.
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