The Lewin's Rail (western) was a stout rail with a long, slender bill. The top of its head was chestnut or rufous with heavy black streaking, and the cheeks and throat were grey. The neck was chestnut with heavy black streaks, concolorous with the top of the head, while the rest of the upperbody was streaked black and olive-brown. The throat and breast were grey, and the belly, flanks and undertail were black with white or buff barring. The wings were dark brown with narrow white and olive-brown barring above, and brownish-grey below. The bill was pinkish with a dusky tip and the eyes were usually brown, reddish-brown or red. The legs and feet were grey with a pinkish tinge (Johnstone & Storr 1998; Marchant & Higgins 1993). Its core habitat was the dense vegetation fringing, or emerging from, saline, brackish and freshwater wetlands, though it could also sometimes be found in grassland or in thick coastal scrub.
The Lewin's Rail (western) is extinct, but formerly occurred in far south-west Western Australia, from Margaret River to Albany, and inland to Bridgetown (Marchant & Higgins 1993; Storr 1991; Storr & Johnstone 1998; Whittell 1933). It was last recorded in 1932 (Whittell 1933) despite intensive surveys.
Sadly the Lewin's Rail (western), always scarce, became extinct due to the modification of its wetland habitats, mainly through drainage and clearance burning for agriculture and settlement.(Garnett & Crowley 2000; Serventy 1948), as well as being burnt for conversion to farmland (Garnett & Crowley 2000).
Just another beautiful bird loosing their habitat due to humans and not being able to find another home.
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