September 4, 2016 - White-throated Rail (Dryolimnas cuvieri)
These rails are found throughout Madagascar, with a flightless subspecies on Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles. Another subspecies once lived on Assumption Island, but was driven to extinction by introduced predators in the early 20th century. They eat a variety of invertebrates, including mollusks, ghost crabs, and insects. They may also follow tortoises to pick insects from their shells, or catch those stirred up by their footsteps. Nesting on the ground, they build loose twig nests in depressions on rocks, or sturdier bowl-shaped nests in vegetation. Both parents feed the chicks for about two weeks, then become aggressive toward them.