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Clapper Rail

Rallus longirostris ORDER: GRUIFORMES FAMILY: RALLIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

The large Clapper Rail is abundant in saltwater marshes and mangrove swamps from Massachusetts to South America.

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At a GlanceHelp

Measurements
Both Sexes
Length
12.6–16.1 in
32–41 cm
Weight
5.6–14.1 oz
160–400 g
Other Names
  • Râle gris, Râle d'Eau,Pintade,Rateau (French)
  • Rascón picudo,Gallinuela de aqua salada,Pollo de mangle (Spanish)

Habitat


Marsh

Saltmarshes and mangrove swamps.

Food


Insects

Mostly crustaceans, but also small fish, insects, seeds, birds eggs, and slugs.

Nesting

Nesting Facts
Egg Description
Creamy white with irregular brown blotches.
Condition at Hatching
Covered with black down, leave nest within one day. Fed by parents.
Nest Placement

Ground

Behavior


Probing

Conservation

status via IUCN

Least Concern

Western subspecies endangered. Eastern form abundant.

Credits

  • Eddleman, W. R., and C .J. Conway. 1998. Clapper Rail (Rallus longirostris). In The Birds of North America, No .340 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.

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