Lewin's Rails feeding young reported on birdline - Lake Hamilton, Vic

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Subject: Lewin's Rails feeding young reported on birdline - Lake Hamilton, Vic
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2018 12:27:17 +1100
Marion Halliday has reported seeing Lewin's Rails with young (at least 5, possibly 6) at Lake Hamilton via the Birdline Victoria Facebook group. She says one was seen feeding one of the young a worm "a couple of times" on the evening of 29/10/18, and posted a photo of an adult with a worm, side by side with one of the young ones (see attached). The young are at the little fluffball stage.

Has anyone seen this with Lewin's Rails before?

HANZAB says "Role of parents in building nest, incubation and care of young not known", "adults accompany and defend chicks", and that young are "Precocial, nidifugous". Nothing about actually feeding young. I've seen young ones of this size before, but not even associating with adults, let alone being fed.

Peter Shute

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