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The Snoring Rail, Aramidopsis plateni also known as Celebes Rail or Platen's Rail is a medium-sized, approximately 30 cm long, flightless rail. It is the only member of the monotypic genus Aramidopsis. Both sexes are quite similar, having gray plumage, white chins, brown wings, short tails and rufous patches on their hindnecks. The female has a brighter hindneck patch color, reddish iris and base of bill, while those of the male are yellowish. An Indonesian endemic, the Snoring Rail is confined to lowland and hill forests of northern, central and southeastern part of Sulawesi and Buton island. Their diet consists mainly of small crabs and lizards. The bird's call is snoring-like sound "ee-orrrr". Due to ongoing habitat loss, limited range, overhunting in some areas and predation by introduced species, the Snoring Rail is evaluated as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It has been protected under Indonesian law since 1972. The scientific name commemorates the German zoologist Carl Constantin Platen.