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Black Rail

Laterallus jamaicensis ORDER: GRUIFORMES FAMILY: RALLIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Near Threatened

Black Rail Photo

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.

Calls

  • Kikkido
     
  • Courtesy of Macaulay Library
    © Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Call a three-noted, nasal "kickee-doo" or "kic-kic-kerr."

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