Black Rail

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Black Rail

Laterallus jamaicensis
  • ORDER: Gruiformes
  • FAMILY: Rallidae
Basic Description

The smallest rail in North America, the Black Rail is perhaps the most secretive too. This small denizen of shallow salt and freshwater marshes is rarely seen and its distinctive "kick-ee-doo" call is heard primarily at night.

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Other Names
  • Polluela Negruzca (Spanish)
  • Râle noir (French)
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