Cyanolimnas cerverai Barbour & Peters, 1927

Zapata rail



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 1970's

Rediscovered in 2014?

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered



Zapata Swamp, Cuba


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Barbour, Thomas and Peters, James Lee. (1927). Two more remarkable new birds from Cuba. Proceedings of the New England Zoological Club 9: 95-97.

Other references:

Anonymous. (1964). List of rare birds, including those thought to be so but of which detailed information is still lacking. IUCN Bulletin 10(Special Supplement): 4 pp.

BirdLife International. (2013). Cyanolimnas cerverai. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. ( Downloaded on 04 March 2015.

BirdLife International. (2015). Species factsheet: Cyanolimnas cerverai. Downloaded from on 04/03/2015.

Bond, James. (1979). Birds of the West Indies. London: Collins.

Bond, James. (1984). Twenty-fifth supplement to the check-list of birds of the West Indies (1956). Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, Philadelphia.

Collar, N. J.; Gonzaga, L. P.; Krabbe, N.; Madroño Nieto, A.; Naranjo, L. G.; Parker, T. A.; Wege, D. C. (1992). Threatened birds of the Americas: the ICBP/IUCN Red Data Book. International Council for Bird Preservation, Cambridge, U.K.

Garrido, O. H. (1985). Cuban endangered birds. In: Buckley, P.A.; Foster, M.S.; Morton, E.S.; Ridgely, R.S.; Buckley, F.G. (ed.), Neotropical ornithology, pp. 992-999. American Ornithologists' Union, Washington, D.C.

King, W. B. (1981). Endangered birds of the world: the ICBP bird Red Data Book. Smithsonian Institution Press and International Council for Bird Preservation [bound reissue of King 1978-1979], Washington, D.C.

Kirkconnell, A.; González, O.; Alfaro, E.; Cotayo, L. 1999. Nuevas localidades para la Gallinuela de Santo Tomás Cyanolimnas cerverai y la Ferminia Ferminia cerverai, en la Ciénaga de Zapata, Cuba. Cotinga 12: 57-60.

Mittermeier, John C. et al. (2022). Fantastic lost birds and how you can help find them: an updated gap analysis for the Neotropical avifauna. Neotropical Birding 31: 25-32.

Olson, S. L. 1974. A new species of Nesotrochis from Hispaniola, with notes on other fossil rails from the West Indies (Aves: Rallidae). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 87: 437-450.

Raffaele, H.; Wiley, J.; Garrido, O.; Keith, A.; Raffaele, J. 1998. Birds of the West Indies. Christopher Helm, London.

Regalado Ruíz, P. 1981. El género Torreornis (Aves: Fringillidae), descripción de una nueva subespecie en Cayo Coco, Cuba. Centro Agrícola: 87-112.

Sulley, S. C.; Sulley, M. E. 1992. Birding in Cuba. Worldwide Publications, Derbyshire, UK.


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