Black Rail Identification

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Adult Description

  • Small marshbird.
  • Difficult to see; runs under vegetation.
  • Blackish.
  • Black bill.

Immature Description

Similar to adult, but duller and with less distinct spotting and streaking.
Relative Size

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  • Both Sexes
    • Length: 3.9-5.9 in (10-15 cm)
    • Weight: 1.0 oz (29 g)
    • Wingspan: 8.7-11.0 in (22-28 cm)